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title:Beating the Freshman 15
author:Paul Buckley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It's a fairly accepted 'fact' among college age women that they will gain weight their first year away from home. It's so well accepted, in fact, that nearly anyone will know immediately what you mean when you refer to the 'Freshman 15'. The research doesn't quite bear it out, though. One study conducted 15 years ago found that incoming freshman did gain weight at higher rates than their peers who did not attend college, but the average weight gain for the stressful freshman year was 7 pounds, less than half the mythical 15 pounds they'd been told to expect.
Even more encouraging is that a more recent study of college weight gain monitored the weight and body fat of freshman women. More than half the students put on weight, but for most it was less than five pounds. One third of the students lost weight. Interestingly, those students who most worried about gaining weight believed that they had gained weight even when the scales showed that they hadn't.
If you're concerned about gaining weight in that first year away from home, here are some concrete suggestions that can help you avoid the dreaded Freshman 15.
Adopt a Healthy Attitude Toward Food.
Researchers place part of the blame for the Freshman 15 on the tendency to turn to food for comfort. In an unfamiliar setting, with new stresses and new worries, students may turn to the familiar foods that make them feel good to help them get through. Train yourself to eat when hungry - and deal with stress through other means.
The corollary to the statement above is that the less you allow changes and worries to affect you, the less stress you'll have to deal with. One of the best ways to stress-proof your body is by eating a healthy diet. Regular exercise and making sure you get enough sleep play a big part, too. When you're body is well-nourished and well-rested, you'll find it much easier to deal with stress without resorting to major snacking.
Watch out for the parties.
Away from parental supervision for the first time, many college age students give in to the urge to party. Try to keep in mind that beer, even light beer, has 100 calories per every 12 ounces that you drink. You're also a whole lot more likely to snack on high fat junk food like chips when you're drinking. As for other drugs - there are all sorts of reasons not to smoke. Add the fact that it's fattening to the list.
Take advantage of the gym facilities and any student privileges you might have by getting regular workouts. Swimming, tennis, aerobics - any sport that you play, any activity that you do will both burn calories, and help reduce the stress of your first year at school.
Find a group of friends and be a part of it. The more you feel like you belong, the less you'll be missing home, and the less you'll be snacking to make up for it.
The Freshman 15 isn't inevitable. Just remember to eat healthy, exercise, sleep well and have fun. The weight loss will take care of itself.
Copyright 2005 Ardmore Internet Marketing, Inc.

title:Beating the Weight Loss Bandits
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

If you're on a weight loss program you're under constant attack - attack from the food bandits all around you.
There is food waiting to ambush your weight loss efforts at every turn.

It's there on every street corner: available, fast, in huge portions and full of fat.
It's there at every checkout: convenient, brightly-packaged and calling "Eat me! Eat me!"
It’s there at work for every occasion: birthdays, promotions, leaving parties, "because it’s Friday".
It’s there at home brought to you larger than life on every TV set, seductively advertised, calling from the fridge and pantry "I’m here! Come and get me! You know you want to!"

Given that the food bandits are out there, what can you do about them?
Be ready to defend yourself!
Know your weak spots – those food temptations you find hard to resist, and plan to
1. Avoid Them
Keep away from fattening food as much as you can. Don't drive past fast food outlets even if it means a detour. Keep tempting high-fat snacks out of your home. Give TV ads a wide berth – in fact give TV a miss altogether and get out and do something. Walk away from offers of food, declining as politely and firmly as possible. "No thanks, I’m not hungry just now" should be enough.
2. Use humour
Treat your encounter with food bandits with a sense of fun.  Make a note in your mind that you’ve spotted one "Alert! Food bandit on left flank. Eyes right! Defeat!"
3. Don't let them upset you
If you succumb once in a while to the food bandits, don't let it get you down. Brush yourself down and be ready to come out fighting against the next lot.
4. Celebrate your successes no matter how small
Be delighted each time you spot and overcome a food bandit. Feel proud that you were able to show who's in charge. You're the boss!
Once you recognise the food bandits for what they are, they lose their power. Each time you take them on and defeat them, you'll notice their influence over you diminish.
Gradually you get into the habit of ignoring the bandits. Long term result? – a slimmer, healthier, beautiful you, in total control of the food you eat.
title:Beating Your Neck, Back and Shoulder Pain
author:Dr. Joseph J. Berke, M.D., Ph.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Suffering from neck, back and shoulder pain? If you are, you’re in good company. Millions of people wake up every morning and endure every day experiencing pain in their necks, backs and shoulders. While neck, back and shoulder pain used to be thought of as conditions affecting only adults, due to more parents scheduling routine doctors visits for their kids, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that children and teenagers are also suffering from the symptoms. So if it’s not age that causes this severe discomfort, what is it? Believe it or not, the culprit may be your sleep habits and the position you sleep in.
Each and everyday, you are putting stress on your spine, which directly impacts the tension in your neck, shoulders and back. Even simple, everyday tasks like sitting at a desk, driving, and bending over can contribute to wear on these sensitive parts of your body. Your sleep time is supposed to be the time of day when these areas of your body are allowed to relax and regenerate. However, if your neck isn’t properly supported while you’re sleeping, your body doesn’t have a chance to recover from the stress it endured throughout the day. Improper neck support while sleeping can cause increasingly severe neck, back and shoulder pain over the years, to a point where it becomes unbearable.
Neck, back and shoulder pain can actually begin a vicious cycle. You’re in pain, so you can’t sleep, but you need to sleep (and sleep right), to be able to get rid of the pain. A continuous lack of sleep can even lead to further problems like depression, chronic fatigue, and believe it or not, even weight gain has been linked to a severe lack of proper sleep. Fortunately, scientists and health professionals take the causes of neck, back and shoulder pain seriously, and have consistently worked towards finding methods and remedies that will alleviate the wretched symptoms.
The first step towards eliminating the discomfort of these symptoms is to correct your sleep habits, and the most important part of this step is to get a pillow that properly supports your neck. Try to find one that is made to be tailored to the position you sleep in, as not all pillows are created equal. Memory foam pillows have been increasing in popularity, and rightfully so. They’ve actually been quite beneficial in relieving neck, back and shoulder pain for a number of people who have been enduring it for years. Massage, yoga, and proper exercise are also methods that have been found to reduce pain in these regions of the body. By incorporating small change like these into your lifestyle, you should have no problem overcoming your ailments.
If a quality visco-elastic pillow doesn’t solve your neck, back and shoulder pain, you might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor as your pain may be a symptom of a more severe underlying condition. Pain is something that affects your entire being, and remedying it quickly is vitally important to your quality of life.
title:Beauty and Botox -- Face Forward Tips for 2006!
author:Kamau Austin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Did you know that BOTOX injections are one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery today? In fact, Botox injections far out number breast augmentation and rhinoplasty (cosmetic surgery on the nose), as the most preferred aesthetic surgical procedure?
As you may agree, in western culture attractiveness is closely wedded to youthfulness. The appearance of wrinkles on the face is a source of anxiety for millions of women and men.
The search for a miracle drug to help us appear younger presently fuels a multi-billion dollar beauty and cosmetic industry.
The related industries of weight loss and health are just as robust. There is stiff competition between beauty companies constantly trying to sell youth and beauty in a jar.
If you have the money you can opt for the more invasive (and ostensibly more effective) procedures to help you look younger. This where BOTOX followed by its more permanent cousin, plastic surgery may fit the bill.
A nutritious and balanced diet, accompanied by a rigorous exercise regimen can make your body look years younger. Unfortunately there’s no such workout to tighten your face.
Your face starts reflecting the passage of time the soonest, and most visibly. Studies indicate wrinkles appear on our skin as early as the age of 27.
If it is our face, which betrays our age the first, no wonder it the focus of so much anxiety. This is why we want age-defying intervention.
BOTOX, as of now, appears to be the answer to some people’s prayers. Younger and firmer looks seem to be just a few small injections away.
BOTOX is actually short for Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a highly toxic substance and one of its milder side effects is food poisoning.
It is actually a protein complex, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. What is used in cosmetic surgery is an injectible form of this toxin.
This form of the toxin is purportedly sterilized and purified.
Some consider BOTOX a poison. They feel this way because it is injected in small doses under the skin. It is reported to work by deadening the underlying muscle, preventing any further movement and thus smoothening out the skin.
BOTOX is said to interfere between muscle and nerve interaction. Some feel small doses of this chemical effectively prevent the release of acetylcholine by the nerve cells.
This neuro-chemical transfers signals to muscles, determining their contraction and relaxation. When injected into selected muscles, BOTOX stops them from contracting.
Therefore, any present frown lines are ironed away. In fact, within a week they become almost invisible.
In the April of the year 2002, the FDA approved the use of BOTOX injections as a treatment for the reduction of frown lines. Since then, it has come to be regarded as the fastest growing anti-aging cure in the country.
Keep in mind that the FDA cautions against using Botox more than once in 3 months. Also it recommends that the lowest possible effective dose to be used in a session.
There are other, more permanent, options available – if you are inclined towards cosmetic surgery. Procedures like an eyelid tuck (blepharoplasty) and a bow lift (also called a forehead lift) last about 30 to 90 minutes.
They are outpatient operations, so you can leave for home the same day. Another option is the face lift (or rhytidectomy) – a slightly longer operation which can go on for 2 to 4 hours.
Patients are advised to stay overnight at the clinic. Although none of these procedures can reduce wrinkles, they very distinctly tighten up a sagging face by literally cutting away any extra bits of facial skin. The recovery period can last from 7 days to a month depending upon the extent of the operation.
However, at the end of it you may be rewarded with a much younger and firmer facial appearance.
Given the risks associated with Botox facial treatments like Rejuvinol™ deserve a serious look. We have heard that Rejuvinol™ available from Amazon and is a product that uses helps give a younger appearance by appearing to smoothing out wrinkles. It’s makers say that it contains the universally recognized Argireline® from Lipotec S.A. The active ingredient in Argireline® is acetyl hexapeptide 3 (AH3), a deep penetrating, powerful amino peptide that helps to relax the intensity and frequency of facial muscle contractions. It just may be a less expensive and invasive way to put your best face forward.
Kamau Austin is a health and fitness enthusiast and advocate.
He writes on a regular basis on timeless health and fitness tips at the Fit After Forty Blog. See more useful health and fitness news and tips at…
Beauty and Fragrance:Look Gorgeous Every Day of the Week

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Learn how to choose the perfect beauty products as well as a fragrance that works terrific for all occasions.

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When choosing women's perfume, facial make-up, hair care and skin care products, be sure to select those that best fit your personality and schedule.  You are unique, and so are your skin tone, hair texture, and body fragrance.  What works well for another might not work well for you.  So, let your individuality come to life when choosing beauty products.  Here's how.

Skin Beauty -- Deeper than You Think!

You've heard the phrase, "Beauty is only skin deep."  But, is it really only skin deep?  Let's delve beneath the surface and take a look at what's beneath the skin that you and others can see.  Every day, you probably put at least a thin coating of foundational make-up on your face.  Perhaps you use powder to remove the shine.  Then, you put on lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, etc.  You spray hairspray on your hair, and it most likely ends up on your face without your realizing it!

All this beauty "stuff" clogs your skin pores.  So to bring out the true beauty of your facial skin, you should take time each day to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin. It's like giving yourself a mini-facial every day.  Do this at night before going to sleep to give your face a break from the daily "beautifying" routine. 

Women's Fragrance Tips

Find that perfect fragrance that works well for all occasions - work, parties, dinners, and even love and romance!  But, be sure to choose only one fragrance if possible.  Using two or three women's colognes can cause a fragrance clash if you're not careful.  The scent of one fragrance can get into your clothing, skin or hair, and totally change the scent of the other.

To choose a great women's fragrance, search for women's cologne or women's perfume that blends well with other beauty products you may use on a daily basis such as hairspray and shampoo, make-up, lotion, etc.  It's best to eliminate all other fragrances if planning on wearing perfume or cologne.  Choose unscented lotions and hair care products for the best results.

Also, choose a women's fragrance that is subtle and pleasant.  Your personal body space is within an arm's length from others.  Beyond this point, no one should be able to smell the fragrance you are wearing.  Choose a great fragrance that does not have a strong scent, and then wear it sparingly to avoid overkill. 

Where to Apply Women's Cologne or Perfume

Dab just a little of your perfume or cologne on various areas of your body, from the feet to the shoulders.  Since fragrance rises and disappears, it will rise from your lower body and become noticeable to those closest to you.

Keep in mind that these things can affect how your body reacts to certain fragrances:  diet, skin type, beauty products you use, clothing detergent, and your home's usual scent. So, try out your new fragrance at several locations to make sure it still has the scent you want.

Buying Skin Care, Hair Care, and Fragrance Products

The availability of beauty products has increased tremendously over the years with Web stores opening up everywhere online.  You can often find all the products you need online - and at a discount.  There are men's fragrance products such as men's cologne, women's perfume or cologne, skin care products, hair care products, etc. available that you can buy for yourself or as a gift any time of the year.

Use these tips to find the perfect beauty and fragrance products for you - and captivate everyone that comes around!

title:Beauty Basics - Eight Tips For Naturally Beautiful Skin
author:Ololade Franklin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Not sure what to look for when choosing cosmetics? Need some advice on taking care of your skin? Here are eight tips to help your skin look and feel it's best.
1) Select moisturizers made with vegetable oils. The lotions, creams and body oils that you use should be made with vegetable oils, not mineral oil. Vegetable oils, (like olive oil, sweet almond oil, corn oil, etc.) contain fatty acids which help to moisturize and soften the skin. Mineral oil is derived from petroleum and does not contain anything that helps to nourish the skin.
2) Look for herbs and herbal derivatives in your cosmetics. Herbs and their derivatives (essential oils, extracts, infusions) contain natural chemicals which soothe, tone and help condition the skin. Two herbs which are especially useful in natural cosmetics are Lavender and Tea tree. The essential oils of both lavender and tea tree are gentle, natural antiseptics.
3) Once a week soak your feet in warm water, and gently exfoliate dead skin with a pumice stone. Follow up by moisturizing your feet with a natural foot oil or foot lotion.
4) Every week soak in a tub of bath salts. Salt, especially salts mined from the Dead Sea in the Middle East, are rich in minerals and help draw impurities out of the skin.
5) After a shower or bath, seal in moisture by using a body oil or lotion made from natural vegetable oils.
6) If you have blemishes and your skin is dry, moisturize your skin in the morning and at night with products that contain vegetable oils which are high in essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids help to soften and hydrate the skin and they can also help soothe minor irritations. Vegetable oils that contain large amounts of essential fatty acids are: corn oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil and evening primrose oil.
7) Look for toners and astringents that are made without ethyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. These ingredients are solvents that are extremely drying to the skin.
8) Every time you wash your hands, moisturize them with a natural lotion or cream to help them stay soft.
title:Become an LPN, the fast path to a nursing career.
author:Max Stein
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Careers
Licensed Practical Nurses provide the most amount of direct patient care within the nursing category of healthcare. If you’re interested in a healthcare career dealing directly with patients, becoming an LPN is a rewarding opportunity.
LPN Job Description
LPNs provide a large portion of direct patient care. LPNs may be assisted by nurses’ aides ( CNAs ) and other assistants in some of their duties. LPNs are directed by doctors and nurses (RNs & nurse managers). Typically, a LPN’s work duties include:

Taking vital signs
Preparing and administering injections and enemas
Applying dressings and bandages
Watching catheters
Treating bedsores
Providing alcohol massages or rubs
Monitoring patients and reporting changes
Collecting samples for testing
Provide patient hygiene
Feeding patients
Monitoring food and liquid input/output

LPNs work in a variety of settings like hospitals, outpatient facilities, long term care facilities, clinics and home care. Tenured LPNs may supervise nursing aides and assistants.
Salary Ranges
While nursing jobs in general are in high demand nationwide, LPN positions in hospitals are declining. However, since this has been caused by an increase in outpatient services, LPN positions in long term care facilities and home health is in as much demand as other nursing categories.
The U.S. Department of Labor has published the median income for LPNs as $31,440 in 2002. The range was $22,860 to $44,040 based on geographic location and work experience. Contract LPNs made the most money, while doctor’s office nurses made the least on average at $28,710.
A nursing career offers other benefits including a flexible schedule, a short work week (three 12 hour shifts with four days off), tuition reimbursement and signing bonuses.
Education / Getting Started
Because of the high level of patient responsibility, nursing is highly regulated, requiring both education and a license. Graduates must complete a state approved practical nursing program and pass a licensing examination. An LPN certificate can be completed in less than a year. Some RN students become LPNs after completing their first year of study. Course work in the LPN program includes anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biology, chemistry, obstetrics, pediatrics, first aid as well as nursing classes.
Becoming an LPN is the fastest path to a nursing career. Advancement can take many forms, but additional education is usually required.
If you possess the traits necessary to become a successful nurse and want to secure a well paying, important profession caring for others, getting an LPN degree in nursing is a great way to secure your professional future.

Become Aware of the Side Effects of Tramadol

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Tramadol is one of the many types of opioid that works as a pain reliever. Today, Tramadol is marketed in many brands by different pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Just like other medications, however, Tramadol also has a number of adverse side effects. In line with this, the author of the article enumerates the different side effects of Tramadol as well as the basic facts that consumers need to know about the said drug before deciding to use them.

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Tramadol is one popular example of an atypical opioid that basically works as an analgesic or pain reliever. This drug, which is known to be a synthetic or man-made form of analgesic, is prescribed to individuals who are experiencing moderate to severe pain condition. This type of medication was spearheaded by a known German pharmaceutical institution and was primarily introduced as Tramal. After a couple of years, the original developer of the said drug cross licensed it to other companies worldwide. Tramadol then was marketed under several  brand names.

Tramadol's custom marketing packages are available in oral and injectable forms. It is considered a controlled form of drug in most countries such as Australia and the United States. This type of opioid requires prescription in the said two countries.

As stated earlier, Tramadol is one of the most commonly recommended medications to treat pain. Some health experts also recommend this drug as treatment to abate symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, this drug is also used by animal specialists to treat chronic and post-operative pain conditions experienced by cats and dogs.

Just like other medications, Tramadol also has side effects. A person should consult his doctor when the following side effects of Tramadol occur:

    * weakness
    * blurred vision
    * sleep problems
    * vomiting
    * nausea
    * loss of appetite
    * constipation
    * flushing
    * drowsiness

Those who experience the above mentioned side effects can still continue taking Tramadol, but doctor consultation is a must.

Consumers should immediately stop taking Tramadol and consult a doctor when the following side effects occur:

    * weak pulse
    * red blistering or peeling of the skin
    * convulsion or seizure 
    * shallow breathing

Moreover, immediate medical attention is a must when allergic reactions such as swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, and face as well as difficulty in breathing occur.

Important info on Tramadol

Although Tramadol is a very popular type of analgesic, there are a number of important things that consumers need to know about Tramadol before considering to take them. The following are the most important facts that consumers should know about the said drug:

    * Tramadol is not advisable to individuals who are or who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs. This type of analgesic drug can slow down a person's breathing and increase drowsiness.
    * Individuals who are recommended to take Tramadol are strictly advised to take the said drug exactly as it was prescribed by the physician. Taking Tramadol in large doses can lead to serious and even fatal health complications.
    * It is not advised to suddenly stop taking Tramadol without telling the doctor about it. When a person suddenly stopped taking the said drug, withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, diarrhea, chills, and hallucinations, may possibly occur.
    * Tramadol is for oral use only. It is not advised to crush a Tramadol tablet. Powdered Tramadol tablet should never be diluted with liquid or inhaled. When this drug is injected or inhaled, it may result to overdose or death.
    * Seizures are also common among individuals who are taking Tramadol. A person is more likely to experience seizure when he has a history of alcohol / drug addiction or metabolic disorder.

Become a Millionaire - Stop Smoking

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I can show you over $1 Million reasons why you should stop smoking today. Have you ever wanted to become a millionaire? I will show you how to not only become one but also save your life.

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So you want to be a millionaire? If you smoke or are thinking about it - I will give you at least $1 million reasons not to start. For the sake of discussion, I am going to use me as an example. I have smoked for over 20 years and frankly I enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I finally got it through my head about the health risks to me, my family and the rising costs that I finally decided to quit.

You all know or should know about the health risks and I will not rehash it. What I want to talk to you about is the financial impact. I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes per day and on a good Friday night out on the town it could sometimes be as much as 3 packs.

Ok.. here it comes. Two packs of cigarettes per day at an average cost of $3.50 per pack multiplied by seven days equals $49.00 per week or $2555.00 for one year. Now lets take a teenager at age 18 who starts to smoke and lets also assume they were to stop at age 65 on retirement which is 47 years. 47 years x $2555.00 = $120,085.00 spent on cigarettes at todays prices.

Now a hundred and twenty thousand dollars is in itself not enough to make you rich but you could buy some pretty nice stuff for that amount. The magic is in a little thing called compound interest. Assuming that instead of smoking - You took that same two packs per day or seven dollars and invested it in a mutual fund. Let’s also assume that you invested it in an index mutual fund which over the lifetime of the stock market has averaged 10% per year. After 47 years you would retire with $2,730,489.02. That almost $3 Million dollars. How is that for an incentive to not smoke?

What about the rest of us who have smoked for 20 plus years? A man or woman who quit at age 40 under the same scenario who save $282,615.51. Now that’s not a million dollars but it would still buy a pretty nice home. What is even more astounding is that these figures are based on today’s prices and don’t even account for inflation over the same amount of time.

Even if you are not interested in investing the money saved from smoking then think about this: $2555.00 applied one time each year to a $200,000.00 mortgage would cut 10 years off of a 30 year loan. You would be paying your home off in one-third the time.

The bottom line: If your health and family aren’t enough to make you stop - Think about why your not living next door to the rich and famous. I hope this gives you food for thought about all the extras in life you are giving up by smoking.

author:Dr. V. Alex Kehayan and Dr. Joseph C. Napoli
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In the United States, about 51% of women will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, be it domestic violence, fires, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, or terrorism. In the aftermath of tragedy, we must all learn how to be more resilient “take charge” survivors.
Attitude is vital to recovery. How one views a situation influences emotional and physical reactions. Although a catastrophe is often a shocking experience, it is imperative to put a crisis into perspective. When there is no control over what the environment offers, the only alternative is to adapt to the situation with as much flexibility as possible. This is not easy, but most great leaders rise to the occasion in adversity. Winston Churchill once said, "Move quickly through a crisis." Just imagine how your hero/role model might deal with such a trauma.
Cultivating a sense of humor can help in building confidence. Other methods include spiritual support through prayer, meditation, or the power of positive thought. Above and beyond these personal response styles, it is always important to draw strength from others. Support systems are critical to survival. Social support is essential to healthy functioning and successful recovery after a disaster.
Everyone deals with life’s turmoil differently. To avoid becoming a victim of a catastrophe, choose a coping strategy that will work best with your own personal style.
THINGS TO DO OVER TIME: The following actions and strategies aid the healing process in the aftermath of a disaster:
1 Avoid major life decisions that can be dealt with later. For example, if your home was destroyed in a fire, focus on the immediate response, such as contacting your insurance carrier, rather than worry about long-term living arrangements.
2 Make a plan: What is your goal? What do you need to achieve it? Who can help? Prioritize what needs to be done 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
3 Fill your life with music and art. These creative gifts provide "food for the soul."
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4 If you are religious, celebrate gratitude for blessings through prayer.
5 Take breaks or quiet moments. Go to the movies or do some light reading.
6 Eat pure foods and drink plenty of water. Avoid self-medication, alcohol, and drugs.
7 Stay in touch with friends and family. Communicate and reach out for support.
8 Pets can provide easy comfort. Play with pets, adopt one, or volunteer at an animal shelter.
9 Find something to laugh about each day.
10 Let go of emotional baggage from the past and forgive others.
11 Take walks, exercise, or meditate to reflect on the positive aspects of life.
Try this relaxation/meditation technique:
Progressive Relaxation: Tighten muscle groups one section at a time. Then, take a deep breath. Release the tightness in each muscle group during the exhale breath.
Arms: Clench hands, tense biceps and triceps, tighten your elbows, then release
Legs: Tighten your buttocks, push down on your heels, tighten leg muscles, then release
Head: Clench jaw, furrow eyebrows, then release
THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES: A healthy outlook on life makes full recovery more achievable:
1 Challenge negative beliefs. Replace such thoughts as, “I always have bad luck...nothing will better from now on...everything is going wrong,” with, “Is there any real reason to think that...maybe things will change for the better.”
2 Adjust self-talk. Convert negative messages into positive ones, for example, replace “I’ll never get through this,” with "I can do this, but it’s okay to feel scared.”
3 Use previous ordeals that have been successfully overcome as a “power base.”
4 Consider alternative outcomes for worst-case scenarios, for example, “I can still see my friends, I can enjoy the little things in life.”
5 Imagine how this event will be viewed in the future, remembering how things do change over time.
Remember that there are many situations when you should seek further help. If you have medical symptoms, call a licensed physician. If you experience acute medical symptoms or have been exposed to a toxic substance, seek emergency medical services by calling 911. For a variety of other symptoms, such as acute stress, sleep disturbances, suicidal thoughts, and/or extreme anxiety or panic, seek help from a physician, psychiatrists, or mental health professional. Use other resources such as FEMA, insurance carriers, disaster relief organizations, and licensed financial advisors to address financial and/or technical needs.
Becoming an EKG Technician

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EKG technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating heart disease, coronary artery disease and a multitude of other heart ailments. These technicians generally specialize in one of three cardiovascular fields: invasive cardiology, echocardiography, and vascular technology. EKG technicians are often referred to as electrocardiograph technicians.

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EKG technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating heart disease, coronary artery disease and a multitude of other heart ailments. These technicians generally specialize in one of three cardiovascular fields: invasive cardiology, echocardiography, and vascular technology. EKG technicians are often referred to as electrocardiograph technicians.

While some, although few, electrocardiograph technicians are trained on the job, most health care facilities require specific training for this position. Most technicians complete a 2- or 4-year program in order to become an EKG specialist. Many people in this field attend a community college in which the first year of studies is general education followed by another year of intense training with internships at local hospitals. Some graduates, depending on the school attended, are able to receive professional certification in this field.

The EKG technician is a highly trained and skilled professional. He or she is trained in the points in which to place the electrodes. During the electrocardiogram, the technician will likely remain in the examination room to monitor the EKD readings. When the exam is complete, the technician can use his or her training to read and interpret the graphed results. Some technicians prefer to wait and allow the physician to relay results to the patient, while others will give the patient an immediate interpretation; this is especially true if no abnormalities are suspected.

Please Note: While the medical field is probably the fastest growing and most understaffed field in the United States and the greatest need in the U.S. medical field are nurses and nurse practitioners, this is not true for EKG technicians. EKG technicians are considered a specialty within the cardiovascular field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, among all of the specialties in the medical field, the need for EKG technicians is the most slowly growing. With less demand in the field and more student choosing to this field of study, the need for qualified EKG technicians has not grown significantly.

Becoming a Victim of Skin Care and Cosmetics

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People have been killing themselves in the pursuit of beauty for centuries, though only recently has anyone really considered “death by cosmetics” to be a serious issue. The Egyptians used lead heavily in their make-up, as did the Greeks and Romans.This trend has continued until recently,when an international ban on substances like lead and mercury was implemented for the cosmetics industry.

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Some people might be inclined to believe that only in the modern era have people been killing themselves over the pursuit of beauty. However, history is a good way to prove otherwise. From things like corsets to the lead-laced skin care products of the early 20th century, people have been slowly killing themselves in favor of beauty for centuries. This has primarily been the case because physical beauty and appearance have long been part of the complex mechanism that maintains one's social and peer status, which in turn has become an influential factor in shaping the culture of a certain civilization. What might be the worst part of all this is that, up until very recently, cosmetics and skin care products have been known to contain various toxic and poisonous substances, including heavy metals like mercury and lead.

One doesn't have to look only at the recent past for deadly skin care and cosmetics, however. The ancient past is filled with various deadly concoctions. Take ancient Egypt, for example. The ancient Egyptian culture was one that had an incredibly strong focus on cosmetics, to the point that an incident where masons and workers refused to work until they were provided more make-up as part of their payment. It is therefore no real surprise that the Egyptians also utilized some of the deadliest components as part of their cosmetics, particularly around the eye area, something for which they've become infamous for. In general, their cosmetics contained a greenish copper ore, lead sulfide, and a soot-like substance that contained toxic amounts of lead.

Just what are the effects of such things? Well, aside from chronic cases of pink eye, there were other negative effects to such cosmetic concoctions. Exposure, even for short periods, was known to lead to irritability and insomnia. Dizziness has also been attributed to those chemicals. Insomnia can become chronic with prolonged exposure. Another possible long-term side effect for such toxic skin care products includes a decrease in one's mental alertness and faculties. The fact that these were applied around the eye area and on the eyelids, the thinnest membranes of the skin, just increases the chances of them being absorbed into the body to do damage.

The Greeks did something even worse, choosing to not only cover their eyelids with toxic substances, but also their entire face. Ancient Greeks were fond of using white lead facial cream, supposedly to project the image of having a fair complexion. It was also used to cover blemishes and generally project a more youthful, fresher appearance. It is noted that some Greeks, and Romans later on, were aware of the skin ruptures that the lead masks caused, yet widespread use was still common. According to some unverifiable accounts, the only Greek city-state that did not experience widespread use of white lead masks was Sparta, which eschewed cosmetics, perfumes, and other “luxuries.”

Later on, from the 15th to the 17th centuries, not only was the Greco-Roman practice of using face masks of white lead coming back, it was accompanied by something worse. European men and women, in their attempts to achieve the then-attractive appearance of being white (almost to the point of being pale), used a process on their skin that relied on using mercury to cleanse it. This, combined with the lead masks, resulted in facial damage, which were covered up with further exposure to lead and mercury.

title:Becoming Independent with Mobility Electric Scooters
author:Sally Johnson
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There has been much advancement in the field of wheelchairs, specifically mobility wheelchairs. But now there is something even more versatile, mobility electric scooters. When it comes to the elderly or handicapped mobility scooters may be the best thing since sliced bread.
In the past disabled persons would lose out on many uplifting activities. But with the innovations in mobility scooters, the elderly and handicapped are not feeling quite as old or as feeble as they once were. Why? When you can get around almost as well as active healthy people you can return to being a part of the family or community. Independence is once again your ally. The ability to get around the house or out in public once again can be a major boost in a persons self worth. No more dependence on others to perform common everyday tasks.
Motorized electric scooters for people with a handicap are fast becoming the way of the future. With technological advances being made with regard to electric mobility scooters it’s no wonder they have taken the disabled world by storm. It’s a thrill seeing a 90 year old man walking his dog with the help of a mobility electric scooter, something that he wouldn’t have been possible just a few short years ago. But now there is practically nowhere a person can’t go with the help of an electric motor scooter.
There are gas motor scooters and electric motorized scooters, but for the handicapped gas scooters are out and electric is in. No need for gas, just plug it in for a recharge and then off you go with full independence once again. These wonderful scooters are getting faster and lighter. Plus, the scooter batteries have drastically improved, allowing much longer periods of driving without the need for a recharge. Wouldn’t it be nice being able to scoot around all day without the need for a charge?
Another advantage of mobility electric motor scooters is the cost. They are not only becoming increasingly less expensive, but if a person is disabled or handicapped it may even be possible to have Medicare or other medical insurance pick up some or all of the tab.
When purchasing an electric scooter be sure to take it for a test drive before buying. The most important thing is making sure that your motorized scooter is comfortable. By purchasing a comfortable scooter it’ll be a pleasant drive anywhere you go. Another consideration is the cost. If at all possible have your health insurance company pay for part of the price. But even if you have no insurance it is well worth the price. No price can be put on being independent and mobile, especially if you’ve been laid up for awhile.
One of the many options available in mobile electric scooters is their number of wheels. There are models that have either 3 wheels or 4 wheels. The 3 wheel scooters are typically lighter in weight. The 4 wheel models are typically heavier, but may be a little better balanced when going quickly around a turn.  Two wheels in the front make for a more stable vehicle around sharp corners. Once again, it is wise to test drive before buying.
There are many different options including colors, sizes, weights, number of wheels, battery capacity and the types of seats. If chosen carefully an electric scooter can become one of the best purchases ever made for the handicapped, disabled or elderly.

Bedwetting:  Not a Shame

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Bedwetting is a very common problem among children, particularly among those under the age of six.  This article explores the causes of enuresis and some of the corrective actions that can help your child conquer the problem.

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Bedwetting (Enuresis) is the involuntary passage of urine during sleep and is a very common problem among children. At least one out of ten kids below the age of 6-years has this problem, but the good news is the ratio of kids' bedwetting goes down as they grow older. Only one out 20 is affected up to the age of 10, though there are infrequent cases of bedwetting by youths as old as 18. Only 1% of the children carry this problem to the age of 18.

Most bedwetting children possess a small bladder that cannot hold all the urine produced during the night and/or an inherited deficiency. In addition, some kids and in rarer cases teens are deep sleepers who don't awaken to the signal of a full bladder. Compounding the above problems is the fact that often the dream state relaxes the pubic muscles, which eventually leading to bedwetting.

Bedwetting can be a result of deep sleeping patterns, sleep apnea or failure of the body to produce a hormone which stimulates re-absorption of water from urine to be induced back into blood stream.

There are many other factors resulting in bedwetting, including medical problems, emotional and family problems and immature bladders. These problems are usually ridden of just by the passing of time.

To overcome the psychological effects of bed wetting, parents and children need to realize that bedwetting is not something to feel guilty about. It is common phenomenon among all children. The habit of bedwetting creates uneasy situations for parents, which all too often eventually leads to punishing children when they wet the bed. This makes the child feel guiltier, more ashamed and more embarrassed, and may even retard his growth.

Children have to realize that in many ways it up to them to control their bladder and to take the ultimate responsibility for stopping bedwetting. We must assure children experience longer hours of sleep, because fewer hours will generally cause them to sleep too deeply to overcome the shortage in length. During deep sleep the urge to use the bathroom does not wake them up.

Reducing the intake of fluids will also help by reducing the urine production Emptying the bladder at bedtime, waking up the kid every night and taking them to toilet etc. will help keep him or her dry. Alarms can be used to wake up when you need to urinate during the night. A positive feedback and a "good boy" pat for every dry night will boost the moral of the kid, which will help them to get rid of bedwetting.

Some psychologists provide a intriguing method to overcome bedwetting. According to them, when the urge to urinate arrives during the daytime hours, have the child pretend to sleep rather than immediately race to the bathroom. After feigning sleep for some time, "wake him up" from the pretend sleep so he can go urinate. This will help to develop the same habit during the nights too.

Medicines can also be used to avoid bedwetting. Drugs are sometimes used to reduce urine production at night, and some medicines are purported to help increase bladder capacity. The usage of medicines in any way is generally not advisable since excessive usage may have side effects. It may also occur that the stoppage of medicine intake may cause the situation to revert.

Hypnosis is another method used to overcome bedwetting. It teaches the unconscious mind to stop bedwetting and can greatly accelerate the process. Even while asleep, the unconscious mind is said to still be 'awake' and due to this fact your unconscious mind can learn to stop bedwetting by controlling the muscles that stop urine leaving the bladder.

When all is said and done, parents should understand that bedwetting is a common thing among all children and not something to be ashamed of.

Copyright © Jared Winston, 2006.  All Rights Reserved.

Bed Wetting Solutions – Many Different Ones To Choose From

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Effective bedwetting solutions start with a comprehensive health check

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Finding bed wetting solutions is something that parents spend a lot of time looking for when they have an older child with a bedwetting problem. There are many products on the market that offer relief in keeping the child dry at night, but these are not really solutions that will cure the bed wetting forever. When a child continues wetting the bed or redevelops bedwetting past the age of 5, a thorough investigation needs to be carried out by a health care provider. Usually bedwetting stops as the child’s bladder develops and he/she learns to recognize the signs of a full bladder during the night. There are several bed wetting solutions available for parents to use.

One of the most common bed wetting solutions is to use one of the many bed wetting alarms that are on the market. Many different manufacturers make these alarms and they are not all alike or equally effective. It may take a bit of experimenting to find the one that is right for your child. These alarms are devices with moisture detection systems. As soon as moisture is detected, an alarm sounds to wake the child so that he/she will go to the bathroom instead of wetting the bed. You still need to use urine collection products such as liners or pull ups along with these bedwetting solutions because they do take time to change the sleep/waking behavior.

Even with using bed wetting alarms as a solution, in the case of children who are deep sleepers, they may still need to be awakened by parents. The sound of the alarm will need to be adjusted so that parents will wake up when it goes off, if this is the situation. They also need to be reset, so children have to learn to do this or the parents will have to be awake so that they can reset the alarm. These bed wetting solutions usually take about 4 to 6 weeks before the child becomes adjusted to being awakened by the sound of the alarm. They also need to be snug so that they won’t come off in the night and they need to be comfortable. If these factors are not taken into consideration, then the alarms will not be effective bedwetting solutions.

Studies with the use of bed wetting alarms have shown that they are the most effective bed wetting solutions. After 12 to 14 weeks of continuous use, the child learns bladder control and will wake up when he/she needs to use the bathroom. Although there are medications that are also effective bedwetting solutions, they do have side effects that can make the child sick. In addition, when you use medication as a solution for bed wetting, as soon as the child stops taking the medication, bedwetting will resume.

Some of the other bed wetting solutions include hypnosis, chiropractic therapy and exercises to improve the muscles of the bladder. Of all of these, however, the bed wetting alarms have proven to be the most effective of all. This is because they use behavior modification as the method of bed wetting solution, which is the one that will last.

Beer And Fitness - Can You Drink Beer And Stay Fit?

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This week I was asked an interesting question concerning drinking beer and exercising. It seems that a former Navy Radioman has developed quite a gut since retiring, and was curious about whether he should give up his beer to lose weight? Not only does the gentleman enjoy drinking about 2-4 beers daily, he also has quit exercising. Moderate beer consumption is actually healthy, so I set out to define "moderate" as well as educate on the basics of caloric intake and caloric ex...

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This week I was asked an interesting question concerning drinking beer and exercising. It seems that a former Navy Radioman has developed quite a gut since retiring, and was curious about whether he should give up his beer to lose weight? Not only does the gentleman enjoy drinking about 2-4 beers daily, he also has quit exercising. Moderate beer consumption is actually healthy, so I set out to define "moderate" as well as educate on the basics of caloric intake and caloric expenditure. The radioman is not suffering from a beer belly but an INACTIVITY BELLY! Yes, you can still drink beer and be very fit.

Over 90 million Americans enjoy drinking beer! Drinking moderately has been proven by many doctors, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine, to be a healthy component of longevity. In fact, moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, has been proven to reduce the effects of high cholesterol, heart disease, some forms of cancer and even impotence.

Anything done in excess is naturally unhealthy. "Moderation" is defined by most doctors as 1-2 beers a day. And NO, you cannot save up through the week and catch up on the weekend drinking 10-12 beers in an evening. That is NOT moderation. There is even a US Beer Drinking Team that links beer enthusiasts and promotes moderation, responsibility, and healthy living.

The average can of beer has over 100 calories. Drinking one beer is equivalent to eating a chocolate chip cookie. Drinking four is equal to eating a Big Mac Hamburger. In order to lose weight, you have to burn off these extra calories as well as the other calories that you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even the lightest of beers has the empty calories of alcohol, which is the cause of poor health if done in excess and without a regular exercise routine. Unfortunately, too many Americans live under one of the worst stereotypes placed on a human being - the BEER BELLY, or as I call it, the inactivity belly.

The "inactivity" belly is caused by excess calories in your diet AND lack of activity to burn the extra calories. The solution to lose your beer belly is as simple as calories in must be less than calories out (or expended through exercise).

Calories IN < Calories Out (burned) = Weight Loss

If you can add exercise into your schedule for 20-30 minutes a day, your daily consumption of alcohol (1-2 beers) will not have any additional impact on your gut. To lose your beer belly, you REALLY have to watch your food and beverage intake, drink 2-4 quarts of water a day, AND fit fitness into your world. THERE IS NO OTHER HEALTHY ANSWER! The exercise and workout ideas below can get you started on your calorie burning plan:

Workout #1: This is a great full body calorie burner:
Repeat 3-5 times
Walk, run or bike 5:00
Squats - 20
Pushups - 10-20
Situps or Crunches - 20

Workout #2: Swimming and elliptical gliding (cross country skiing) burn the most calories per hour (This workout can burn up to 1000 calories in one hour!)

Swim 20-30 minutes non-stop
Elliptical Glide 20-30 minutes

There is no reason why you cannot have "six pack abs" and still drink a six pack a week. Once again, excessive beer drinking is not recommended by anyone in the health industry. If you simply enjoy drinking beer and are serious about your health, moderation in drinking alcohol and eating foods high in calories, combined with habitual daily exercise is your ticket to reaching your goals. I now have a series of Workout plans that cater to all levels of fitness and can help you with developing a healthy diet with proper food choices - the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced 45 Day plans sold on Store. For those who are into strength training, I have recently developed a weight training plan called "Beer and Barbells" that allows you to use the additional calories of beer, or milk shakes if you are under 21, to gain mass and strength.

Adding exercise daily and observing the dietary recommendations in these eBooks will enable you to be the person you were yesterday without changing who you are today.

Beet - A Great Fighter Of Diseases

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Beetroot is one of the most common ingredients used in a salad. With a hard exterior the sweet mouth-watering interior makes it worthwhile to have this vegetable. There are different types of beet like reddish-purple hue, other varieties like white, golden-yellow or sometimes even multi-colored. It has a good content of sugar in comparison to other vegetables.

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Beetroot is one of the most common ingredients used in a salad. With a hard exterior the sweet mouth-watering interior makes it worthwhile to have this vegetable. There are different types of beet like reddish-purple hue, other varieties like white, golden-yellow or sometimes even multi-colored. It has a good content of sugar in comparison to other vegetables.

Even though they are very high on sugar their calorie content is very low. With the immense number of benefits it protects you from heart disease, birth related short-comings and cancer like colon cancer. It runs a long battle which is fought against this cancer. Beets can be eaten in many forms such as raw, juice, cooked and pickled.

The level of antioxidant increases in liver. The cholesterol level also falls which is one of key areas of concern for many cardiovascular diseases. People suffering from kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating beet. People who want to increase their calcium content should also avoid eating beet as it may prove to be a hindrance in building calcium.

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It is very useful in fighting anaemia as it contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, iodine, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin B1, B2, B6, niacin and vitamin P.

Beet gets rid of dandruff. By boiling the top and root of the beet in water and later the water used on your scalp every night makes a huge difference. If you can find white beet it would work even better.

Having raw beet and even in juice form at least couple a times a day can refresh you and rejuvenate you from a tired day.

Having carrot and beet juice or cucumber juice has known to work against allergies. A combination of all these juices, in a day is good enough for a daily battle.

To fight appendicitis you should use the combination of beet and cucumber juice 100 ml, mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice. If this is consumed twice daily, it may just do the needful.

The beet juice is also known to be very useful to fight arteriosclerosis. It helps to keep the blood vessels and the arterial system in a very sound condition. You can use combination of different vegetables like carrots, spinach and beet to make a great concoction.

Arthritis is a very problematic condition. You can fight it by having a green juice from any leafy vegetable which is mixed in equal proportion with carrot, celery and beet juice. The presence of alkaline content in the raw juices dissolves the deposits accumulated around the joints and other tissues.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

Before Buying Clenbuterol, Learn About It!

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Clenbuterol is the medication that is usually prescribed as a decongestant and bronchodilator for the people suffering from breathing disorders, such as chronic breathing disorders like asthma, to make their breathing easier.

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Clenbuterol is the medication that is usually prescribed as a decongestant and bronchodilator for the people suffering from breathing disorders, such as chronic breathing disorders like asthma, to make their breathing easier. Clenbuterol is more commonly available in salt form as Clenbuterol hydrochloride. Recently, Clenbuterol has been earning applauds as being the number 1 weight loss pill in the USA. These are extensive media reports bringing to light clenbuterol's rather unique ability to help people lose weight quickly and effectively.

Often mistaken for a steroid, Clenbuterol is widely used by athletes and bodybuilders. Internet has become very popular way of buying clenbuterol. Clenbuterol, by acting as repartitioning agent, becomes useful to the bodybuilders. The drug effectively reduces the body fat and increases the overall muscle mass. However, Clenbuterol does have side effects. The most common side effects of Clenbuterol include cramping of muscles while many people also experience heart problems. Thus it is very important to consult doctor before buying clenbuterol. Self medicating or using steroids or any drug without doctor’s supervision is very dangerous. Thus, it is better to get educated about clenbuterol before buying clenbuterol.

After buying clenbuterol, the users should learn the way of using Clenbuterol. The users should begin a cycle by weaning themselves onto the required dosage and then weaning themselves off at the end of cycle. Clenbuterol cycle length maximum is of 3 weeks on followed by 3 weeks off.  Woman can take 40-80 mcg each day and men can take 60-160 mcg each day. Do not proceed directly to maximum dosage without beginning off on low dosages, this can cause shock to your system.

You will feel the drug working in your body after you start taking clenbuterol. Your heart rate will increase and the blood pressure will also rise. You will feel like your body is working harder. As you get 2-3 days into your cycle, you should start feeling the drug working less, and then you can add an extra 20 mcg to your daily dosage. Buying clenbuterol requires you to have proper knowledge about the drug. Clenbuterol should be taken once a day, in morning. Clenbuterol remains active for about 24 hours; there is no need to take more than one dose.

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Before you get your generic cialis prescription filled.

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Getting the right medical information before you decide where to fill your Generic Cialis prescription is so very important. We take a great deal of pride in offering you the most complete medical website whether you are looking for information about your Generic Viagra prescription or any other erectile dysfunction medicine.

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Getting the right medical information before you decide where to fill your Generic Cialis prescription is so very important. We take a great deal of pride in offering you the most complete medical website whether you are looking for information about your Generic Viagra prescription or any other erectile dysfunction medicine. Our site is easy to navigate and we go through a great deal of effort to make sure that our information is not only precise and complete but also accurate as well. When it comes to your generic Cialis prescription there is nothing more important than accurate information.

Our information is easy to read and understand as well. Our experts tailor their writing towards the general public so that you can benefit from the information on our site whether you are a doctor or not. The language is easy to understand and we offer cross referencing so that you may find out what anything means should the need arise. We invite you to take a look at our site and check out all of our features and information. If you have any questions please be sure to contact us and we will do our best to answer you promptly and professionally.

title:Before You Look for Health Insurance
author:Richard Keir
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Shopping around for medical insurance can be a confusing business.  You need to keep your wits about you and keep track of the benefits and costs of each policy and each type of policy.  Too often we tend to look at the price first and the rest of the policy becomes a blur of fine print. And we're off to check the next policy.
Slow down. There some important things you should do before you start chasing around to get a policy. Doing these few things will make the whole process simpler and clearer - and you're much more likely to make a good decision.
You need to carefully consider your situation.  Think about these questions and note your answers:
What's the general state of your health?
How old are you?
Do you have any serious medical problems currently or in your medical history?
Do you have any history of recurring or on-going medical needs?
Do you use tobacco?  How much?
Do you drink? How much?
Are you over- or under-weight for your height, body-type and age?
Is your job hazardous?
Do you participate in any activities or sports that could affect your health?
Now this may be unpleasant but if there's any chance an insurance company could discover a history of drug or alcohol abuse or sexual behavior that might put you in a high risk group, you may want to be direct and upfront about it - especially if it's in the past. Having a claim denied later because you had failed to disclose medical information to the insurance company would be far more upsetting - and very expensive.  The same goes for any significant medical condition.  Insurance companies are in it to make a profit - at least most of them are. Paying large claims isn't their favorite activity, so they often do investigate.
If you're seeking a family policy you'll need to make the same analysis for everyone and consider carefully what kind of coverage you want.
Do you need dental, orthodontic, pregnancy, mental health, and/or drug coverage?  Do you need long-term care coverage, either inpatient or in a nursing facility? Assisted living coverage? What about traveler's or international coverage?
If there's a possibility that you may require - or want - in-home care as opposed to a residential nursing or assisted living facility, be sure that coverage is included and be sure you understand exactly what you can expect to receive.
Think about deductibles and what you could afford pay to reduce your insurance costs. But be very careful here, because medical expenses tend to pile up quickly and reach nearly insane levels for complex treatments or inpatient stays. Many drugs in common use are ridiculously over-priced and depending on the  specifics of your insurance you may not be able to use the least expensive sources.
If you will end up with multiple sources of coverage, be clear about how they fit together and what the rules are about overlapping or combined benefits.
Once you are clear on your current situation, your (and other family member's) medical history, and your projected needs, you can begin looking in a organized way with a better sense of where you're going and what will actually meet your needs.  This may seem like a tedious process, but it will serve you well in finding appropriate and affordable health insurance and making sure your health care needs can be met by the medical insurance you choose.
Take some time to work through these questions.  Write down your answers. Make a chart with your desired coverages and any special conditions the policy must meet.  As you look at health insurance policies, note the rules, exclusions, information about pre-existing conditions, any limitations, the dollar amounts covered and especially any deductibles.
Don't try to do too much at once. If you hurry, it'll become confusing and tiring. You may hate it (I know I do), but you really do need to read all that fine print and understand it.  That's not a task to rush through.  You might as well face up to it, because it's a lot better to do it BEFORE you need medical services than after you get a bill for the uncovered portion that sends you into shock.
So is it an impossible job to find health insurance that works for you? Not at all. There's a world of resources on the internet to help you find the policy you need. Just be sure to do your homework first.
Copyright 2005 Richard Keir

Beginners: Weight Training For You!

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Are you that skinny kid in class? Do other guys pick on you because you're smaller? Well, instead of turning into one of the crazy nut jobs who run out and snag the first hand gun they can find; why not check out weight training for beginners?

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Are you that skinny kid in class? Do other guys pick on you because you're smaller? Well, instead of turning into one of the crazy nut jobs who run out and snag the first hand gun they can find; why not check out weight training for beginners?

This way you can obtain pumped up and be the biggest young around. Just think how buff you ' ll be in just a few months. Not only will this build your confidence levels, but it will also impress all the ladies. Oh, and of course there ' s that health issue. Pumping iron is great for your body and muscles. So are you ready to learn some basic weight training for beginners? All you need to get started is a basic weight set and bench or a local gym to join.

 When it comes to weight training for beginners, I know the spiel. I had spent most of my life in martial arts because it ' s simply what I love. However, a few years back I decided to take up weight training for beginners. I all of the sudden decided I wanted to be bigger. I mean come on, I ' m 6 ' 1 ' ' and I was weighing in at 160 pounds. That ' s fairly slim I would say. Nevertheless I decided to start my new routine. So in addition to my martial arts, I started pumping iron. I started with the basics, which for us guys tends to be our upper - bodies. I wanted to pump up my chest and arms. As apposed to joining a gym, I took the purchasing route. I figured if I ' m going to lift, I should just go ahead and buy the equipment. This is cheaper in the long run if you ask me. So with a quality weight bench, a couple of dumbbells and a weight set, I was ready to get started. My weight training for beginners slowly became more advanced. Then I began taking in more protein. I accomplished this through the contemporary whey protein mixes that are sold everywhere now days. In addition to your regular three meals a day, this will certainly help you bulk up. Now I weigh a constant 170 pounds, which I ' m proud of, and it all started with weight training for beginners. If you are interested in finding out more regarding weight training for beginners, all you need is your computer handy. Hop online and sort through a number of free tips and information on weight training and a variety of other fitness regimes.

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1) The first thing an absolute beginner should do is visit his/her doctor and get the all clear to begin a workout program that will include cardiovascular and weight training.
2) Decide on what are your goals. Do you want to lose body fat and tone up or do you want to gain weight? Doing both at the same time can be achieved too but is very difficult and can lead to zigzag diets.
3) A general guideline is that if your body fat is below 14% you should be ok to bulk up and gain some weight and body fat. If you are above 14% then you should try to first lose some fat and then try to gain the weight. Generally anyone who has a body fat percentage of over 30% is considered to be obese.
4) Have a set nutrition plan before you begin training. 5-6 meals a day are an absolute MUST whether you want to lose bf or gain weight.
5) Have a set training regimen. If you have to, hire a personal trainer for a couple of sessions to show you how to perform the basic exercises. Ask for advice on your routines, either from knowledgeable people in the gym or in our forum.
6) Choose a gym that will have all the basic equipment (benches, squat racks, smiths etc). If you go during peak hours (5pm-8pm) you should try and join the gym with the most equipment around. This will help you finish your workout faster and not wait for someone to get off your machine. Make sure your gym has personal trainers and helpful staff. Cleanliness is also a MUST!
7) Don’t just go to the gym to train chest and arms! If you want your progress to be fast you MUST train all muscles at least once per week.
8) Do not tax your body with unnecessary time in the gym. Go in, train hard and get out of there as fast as you can! Growth takes place OUTSIDE the gym while you are eating healthy meals and while sleeping and resting.
9) Cardio training is a good tool for all beginners in order to help them gain some cardiovascular strength for strenuous weight workouts.
10) Always remember that you will progress faster if you contantly apply the following equation to your lifestyle:
TRAINING + MEALS + REST = GROWTH! If one or more components are missing, growth simply won’t take place and you'll end up being very frustrated.
Copyright 2006 Konstantinos Marangopoulos
title:Beginner's Guide To Fitness
author:Diana Keuilian
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What to do when you are ready to get into shape!
So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!
The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.
Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!
Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness. 

Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.
There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.
There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best. To your health!
title:Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle
author:Maggie Lichtenberg
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Two months after my open-heart surgery, through my cardiologist’s referral, I was cleared to begin a physician-sponsored cardiac rehabilitation program – a program of exercise and risk-factor education for individuals recovering from serious heart procedures and heart disease.
Some patients are healed enough to begin sooner, some later. The gym facility where I live in Santa Fe, NM, called the Center for Living Well, is spaciously housed in the basement of our one hospital. In the last thirty years, thousands of cardiac rehabilitation programs have sprung up far and wide in the U.S. alone, all featuring similar characteristics.
In my book, The Open Heart Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery (Open Heart Publishing, 2006) I advise, "systematically increase your walking every day, to the point where you can visualize and look forward to the strength retraining and aerobic stamina offered in a good cardiac rehabilitation program. Once your doctor finally approves you for cardiac rehab, you will discover what may be a new experience, or the reawakening of an old pleasure -- going to the gym!"
Beginning a cardiac rehabilitation program is truly an exciting moment. I was finally up to moving my body for real. I knew I had made tangible progress or I wouldn’t be there. I was assigned an exercise physiologist, or case manager. After a general orientation (completing a detailed questionnaire, learning to take my pulse, oxygen usage and rhythm monitoring guidelines) I was given a personal exercise worksheet. Preferably three times a week for one hour, I was to track my gentle progress forward in a customized program -- using the treadmill, bike, stairs, UBE machine (aerobic ergometer), and so on. Adding weight training to the regimen was to come later, at the discretion of my case manager. In addition, numerous classes (stretching, therabands, free weights) and support groups (smoking cessation, stress management, osteoporosis and diet education) were all available in the package. Once a month there was an “Ask the Cardiologist” Q&A hosted by one of the New Mexico Heart Institute cardiologists. Most of all, the staff were caring, devoted, highly attentive, good-humored professionals. There was a palpable air of camaraderie and developing friendships that evolved into a memorable support group experience for me.
I was accepted into the program provided I agreed to wear a wireless heart monitor during exercise. What a good thing! My heart was still ricocheting in and out of irregular rhythm (atrial fibrillation). There was always someone at a computer screen monitoring my rhythm. If, as is more likely with exertion, my a-fib returned, even if I didn’t notice, a nurse or exercise physiologist would check in with me. How was I feeling? Did I feel lightheaded? Did I need to slow down? Maybe end my session for the day? Your pulse is x, let’s check your blood pressure.… Since a patient’s inclination may be to push through (my common approach in the past), the permission to simply stop, give yourself a break, can be welcome. I felt completely taken care of. With so many dedicated professionals around me, and the new friends I was making, I could never run too far into trouble. Although physically challenging at times, the cardiac rehab environment made for a positive, confidence-returning experience.
In the book, Heart Attack: Advice for Patients by Patients (Yale University Press, 2002), most of the eleven contributors go out of their way to rave about their cardiac rehab program experience. “The highlight of my day…”, “I credit the program with getting my life back on track…”, “I’ve been a member now for ten years and I know it is keeping me healthy…”, “My wife is now in the program with me. We’ve made some great friends….” The social and emotional support received can be priceless. Rather than returning to one’s previous gym or yoga class, many heart patients take advantage of ongoing membership in their cardio-directed program.
Copyright (C) 2006 Maggie Lichtenberg. All Rights Reserved
Behavioral Activation May Be Effective for Depression

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Too many times, moving forward in life poses a challenge and requires discomfort.  And depression can even make situations appear to be worse than they actually are because of inaction.  A new study show that the right kind of coaching, encouragement and education, may be an effective treatment for depression.

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People with depression may find even the smallest task to be a huge obstacle that it keeps them from acting on things they need to address or work on. Too many times, moving forward in life poses a challenge and requires discomfort.  Most people go through periods of adjustment during transition from middle school to high school to college, or from one job to another. But depression can make these situations a tougher time to cope with. This doesn't mean that they are less capable than anyone else. It's their lack of confidence or the talent for imagining worst case scenario that make it hard for them to face the realities of life.
However, the results of a new study show that the right kind of coaching, encouragement, and education may be an effective treatment for depression. Very recently, a team of psychologists at the University of Washington compared four types of depression treatment: behavioral activation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, an antidepressant medication, and a placebo pill.
About 250 people with major depression were assigned to one of the 4 treatment groups. After a period of four months, patients in the behavioral activation (BA) group did at least as well as those receiving an antidepressant. Such results were a surprise. As per guidelines, cognitive therapy and antidepressants are the most effective treatments for depression.  Somehow, BA was better than antidepressants as fewer patients that received BA dropped out of treatment than those who took the pill. Another intriguing finding was that BA appeared to be more effective than cognitive therapy when used on severely depressed patients.
Behavioral activation is a practice that does not tell patients to 'just do it.' It is more of a technique that helps people with depression to do what they usually tend to avoid. Those who believe in this type of therapy agree that it works because depression makes people tend to withdraw from stressful situations.  In such a short period of time, they get some relief because they spare themselves the agony of confronting tough problems. But they also miss out on the rewards. For instance, a depressed man may phone in sick to avoid a possible confrontation with a co-worker. However, he misses out on the satisfaction that could come from getting his job done and earning a living eventually. Such avoidance leaves the original problem unchanged. Inaction only makes problems become worse and deepens depression which makes getting out of bed in the morning seem more difficult.
The logic behind BA is not to shame or blame the person for his problems. Depression usually makes people withdraw from activities that could be pleasurable and deprives them of the satisfaction that come from engaging in life. Since activity can help increase enjoyment in life and relieve depression, patients are taught to adhere to a daily schedule and a gradual increase in their activity is made. Interrupting the circular, self-critical thinking usually associated with depression is the job of therapists.  They pay attention to the present moment and actions that help reach long-term goals. Improving problem-solving skills makes up the third part of BA.
The difference between behavior therapy and cognitive therapy is that cognitive therapist spends time reviewing negative and distorted thinking, as well as self-defeating beliefs of depressed patients.   According to the cognitive therapy model, thinking must change before behavior can. In a behavior therapy model such as the BA technique, a therapist tells the patient not to think too much. Simple strategies such as goal-setting, problem-solving, and attending to the task at hand become the focus, rather than on the overwhelming big picture. For many years, these two approaches have been closely linked through an approach called cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), which purposely blends the two.
A better and happier existence does not depend on the success of 'just do it' over 'getting in touch with your feelings.'  Usually, the answer lies somewhere in between. No one wants a life of grinding through tasks without feeling anything. Turning your attention away from thoughts and feelings that undermine your functioning, and toward thoughts that promote it may prove to be a better action. Proponents of BA advise their patients to notice when they are dwelling on unproductive thoughts, and focus instead on the immediate sights and smells which they experience around them. The moment you begin to function better, it's easier and more useful to examine your thoughts from a position of strength and to understand why they were so negative in the first place. The initiative to take action is not easy for a depressed person to do. This is why a therapist has to be the encouraging coach or personal trainer who reminds a patient of the good that will come from doing difficult things. Although behavioral activation was the most effective treatment in the University of Washington study, it should not be taken as a replacement for CBT and antidepressant medication as the first treatment recommended for depression. The study demonstrates the value of including BA in a comprehensive plan for treating depression, especially in its most severe forms. It is neither a choice between one technique over the other. Combining approaches may give patients the best chance to feel better and do better.

title:Behavioral Manifestations of Alzheimer’s Dementia
author:Michael G. Rayel, MD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Alzheimer’s Dementia has a combination of cognitive and behavioral manifestations. Cognitive impairment is the core problem which includes memory deficits and at least one of the following: aphasia or language problem, agnosia or problems with recognition, apraxia or motor activity problem, and impairment in executive functioning (e.g. planning, abstract reasoning, and organizing).
As the disease advances, the cognitive decline becomes associated with behavioral manifestations. What are these behavioral manifestations of dementia?
Behavioral syndromes in Alzheimer’s can be grouped into two categories: psychological and behavioral. Major psychological syndromes consist of depression, anxiety, delusions, and hallucinations.
Depression in dementia is very common. Up to about 87% of patients develop some form of depression. It is characterized by tearfulness or crying episodes, feelings of sadness, and neurovegetative signs and symptoms such as inability to sleep, lack of appetite, poor energy, and thoughts of death. Irritability is also common. Depression can occur even in the early or mild phase of the illness.
About 50% of demented patients show delusions or false fixed beliefs. Such delusions include beliefs that a relative is stealing, that a spouse is just an impostor or is having an affair with a neighbor, or that friends and relatives are conspiring to cause trouble.
Moreover, many patients with dementia may experience hallucinations. Most of these hallucinations are visual — seeing strangers in the house, an animal or insects in the living room, people in the bedroom or on top of the TV set. Occasionally, auditory hallucinations may be experienced — hearing footsteps or knocking on the door or even people singing church hymns.
Regarding major behavioral syndromes associated with dementia, these problems include agitation, verbal outbursts, repetitive behavior, wandering, and aggression or even violence. Agitation can be manifested by pacing back and forth, restlessness, and inability to sit still.
Verbal outbursts consist of day-long screaming or occasional yelling at someone. Repetitive behavior is manifested by closing and opening a closet or a purse or a drawer. Asking questions repetitively for instance about a relative’s visit is very common.
Wandering can happen especially at the late stages of the illness. If doors are left unlock, some patients wander away from the house. Hence, safety level becomes an issue.
Aggression likewise may occur. Hitting the caregiver or throwing things are some complaints. Destroying things although rare can also ensue. A gentleman for example hit the wall with a cane and broke the window by smashing a chair.
Although difficult to deal with, most of these behavioral consequences of dementia can be treated especially if recognized and addressed early.
Being Healthy Can Be Fun

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Many fear that our younger generation are being forced into a world of vedging out in front of the TV, spending hours playing computer games and indulging in what is perceived to be quite frankly a lazy lifestyle. Research into the growing rates of childhood obesity points towards such a lifestyle as one of the main triggering factors for this illness.

Campaigners are desperately trying to combat the ever growing statistics of obesity in children through a myriad of activi...

tramploines, trampolining, healthy kids, sport for kids

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Many fear that our younger generation are being forced into a world of vedging out in front of the TV, spending hours playing computer games and indulging in what is perceived to be quite frankly a lazy lifestyle. Research into the growing rates of childhood obesity points towards such a lifestyle as one of the main triggering factors for this illness.

Campaigners are desperately trying to combat the ever growing statistics of obesity in children through a myriad of activities ( ). Jamie Oliver’s landmark campaign Feed Me Better has grown from strength to strength and has forced schools across the UK to review the items known as junk food on the school menus. It’s finally time to say goodbye to turkey twizzlers and beans and chips. Thank goodness!

Undoubtedly children that are encouraged to eat a healthy diet and lead an active lifestyle will be in a better position both physically and mentally. So what can be done to lure our youngsters away from hours in front of the TV or computer?! Too many kids miss the opportunity to enjoy healthy activities in the fresh air.

There are a number of outdoor products on the market tailored to meet the needs of children, whilst maintaining a high standard of safety. The Early Learning Centre (ELC) offers some great products for your garden. With the summer finally in our midst it’s a great time to check out what’s available on the market. A fantastic product that is loved by all has got to be the trampoline. It is thought that the Eskimos, who used to toss each other up into the air on a walrus skin, came up with the first official type of trampolining. Here in the UK trampolining is said to have kicked off when a number of people holding a large blanket would toss a person into the air and catch them.

Trampolining is not only fun, it is healthy and an ideal method for children to remain active in a safe environment. The ELC site offers a buyers guide to trampolines ( ) to ensure you select the most suitable type for your children. Bounce surrounds and trampoline covers are also available.

In fact, who’s to say exciting forms of exercise like trampolining should be limited to children? Why not get one big enough for you to enjoy too. Not only would this help you to keep off the pounds, it would set a great example to our younger generation.

Being Healthy Can Be Fun And Fun Can Be Healthy

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Do you want to have fun or do you want to be healthy? Why not do both?

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Copyright 2006 Donovan Baldwin

Fun is good for you!  The enjoyment of life affects your health in a positive way.  It's a fact!  Your attitude, feelings, and emotions can have a positive or negative effect on your health.  You can improve your health in many ways, and we are going to talk about a few.  We are going to have a little fun with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, exercise, personal relationships, mental gymnastics, and relaxation and rest.  Sounds exciting to me!  I'm having fun already!  So let me show you a few ways to have a little fun and get healthier in the process.


I never stop preaching that everyone should take a multivitamin supplement daily.  I've covered the arguments for this in other articles, but for the moment, however, let's just assume I'm right (I am, you know) and you SHOULD take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.

It's a hassle, isn't it?  That's the biggest problem for most people.  Then there's the people that just don't like taking pills.  Some forget until they are on the way to work, or at work.  The list of reasons goes on, doesn't it?

Try this?  Go buy three bottles of Flintstone chewable vitamins with all the minerals possible.  Centrum also makes an adult chewable, but I am told that they don't taste as good as Flintstones.  What's that?  No, I have never tasted chewable vitamins - I remember to take my multivitamin daily, because I'm a good guy and it's fun to be healthy.

Anyway, take one of your bottles of Flintstones and put it in your bathroom, near where you do your hair, brush your teeth (I put mine in a glass), or whatever.  Put another one in the console, door pocket, or glove compartment of your car.  Put the last one in your desk at work, in your lunch box, locker...whatever.  Sometime during the day, you, as a responsible adult concerned about your health will surely find the ten seconds necessary to open the bottle, pop one in your mouth, and chew it.  Take the bottle with you on trips.  If you go on a lot of trips, buy a fourth bottle and put it in the bag you always take with you...toiletries or something.


Antioxidants fight free radicals and in so doing, they help defend you against cancer, cataracts, wrinkles, and other really negative aspects of aging.  I've got some good news for you.  That Flintstones chewable vitamin you decided to take contained several antioxidants, so you're already going to do yourself and your body a big favor.

Here's some more good news!  Chocolate, coffee, green tea and wine all contain bioflavonoids which are antioxidants.  So, swing into Starbucks and get a cup of coffee, drink some green tea (lots of different flavors), pop a green tea extract capsule, sip a glass of wine, or have a piece of chocolate.  Not all at one time, please.  Yes, they ARE good for you, but sweeten your tea or coffee with stevia or an artificial sweetener, and don't go overboard on the wine or chocolate.


Can exercise really be fun?  Well, it CAN be if you don't try to start an "exercise program" while you're out of shape!  Just look around for a fun physical activity instead.  What's a fun physical activity?  I don't know!  Well, I DO know what I like.  I like yoga, walking outside or on a treadmill, and lifting dumbbells.  Maybe you like swimming, or tennis, or gardening, or playing with the kids or grandkids (spoil 'em and then run away...that's what I do.)

This is SUPPOSED to be fun!  Whatever you decide is good for you, there's a good chance you are out of shape at the moment, so start off slow.  Remember, part of the fun is knowing that you can do it again tomorrow or the next day.


Having good, pleasurable relationships with others can improve your health, help you live longer, give more purpose to your life, and help you get more enjoyment out of life.

Remember that activity you were going to engage in?  Why not find others who like it too and do it with them?  You could look online for forums or discussion groups on the subject and exchange ideas and experiences with others...maybe even meet in person.  If you are retired or don't feel that your work or family is providing the personal relationships you seek, become a volunteer for something that really matters to your local library, collect toys for tots, teach people to read.  The possibilities are endless.

A personal note on this subject:  Several years ago, while I was the business manager of a community mental health facility I would often have discussions with the head of the geriatric day care program.  She often told me that most of the doddering souls in attendance wouldn't have wound up there except, as they aged, they lost their ties to, and interest in, friends, family, and humanity.  In losing their relationships, they lost themselves.

By the way, a pet works almost as well as a person.  In fact, for some people, possibly better!


You can't teach an old dog new tricks!


It has been shown that using your brain regularly can not only keep your thought processes sharp, but can help maintain your physical health.  You don't have to be an Einstein.  Take courses on subjects that interest you.  Local colleges and community organizations often have life enriching courses that are free or relatively inexpensive...okay, cheap!  Don't worry about the end results. Like yoga, it's the attempt that counts.  Just because you take a course in baking doesn't mean you ever have to REALLY BAKE anything!  However, you WILL have exercised your brain and maybe you made a few new and interesting relationships.  You can attend lectures, local theatrical presentations (I just saw my daughter's boyfriend in "A Streetcar Named Desire", and it was fun and entertaining), learn a language, or simply work puzzles or read those books you've been wanting to read.  Not the ones your high school teacher TOLD you to read...the ones YOU have always wanted to read.


You deserve to rest and relax, and you need to do it well for your health.  It's important, so do it right.  It won't hurt to learn a little about relaxation...things like meditation and yoga can help, but there are other relaxation techniques as well.  You don't have to become an expert.  You might be surprised at how much relaxation you can accomplish just learning a little on these subjects.

A classic book to read is still Dale Carnegie's "How To Stop Worrying And Start Living".  It's a little dated and may seem a little simple as well, but by the time you're finished with it, you will be pleased with the insight you have gotten into things that have been eating at you...and how to minimize the power they have over you.

Take a Bed, Bath, and Beyond, The Linen Store, or even Wal-Mart.  Get high thread count sheets.  They feel great.  Pamper yourself in the evening before bedtime and give yourself some pleasant wind-down time and take mini-breaks throughout the day.  That's one of the reasons I recommend things like yoga, meditation, and Dale Carnegie.  What you learn from these can help you relax your way like a pro through each day and into your night's rest.

title:Being Nice Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
author:Vicki Rackner, MD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

"Mom, what did the doctor say about your liver function tests?" Martha and her mother Leah spent plenty of time on the phone the days before the follow-up doctor visit talking about what this abnormal blood test could mean. With a heavy sigh Leah said, "Well, the doctor looked like he was having a hard day, and there were lots of people in the waiting room and they looked very sick, so I didn’t ask." Martha said, "If you took care of yourself with just a fraction of the nurturing you give to everyone else in the whole world, you would be in great shape."
Leah’s life is guided by two words: "Be nice." In her perfect day, everyone gets along, she anticipates and meets the needs of others and goes to sleep knowing she’s a worthy person because people tell her so. Leah avoids conflict and she would never dream of making a scene. When she gave the cashier at the grocery store a $20 bill for a $7 item and got back $3 she didn’t say a word. Her perfectionism usually heads off criticism, but sometimes it backfires. She tried to help her adult son, who said with annoyance, "Mom, stop being such a people-pleaser." Leah’s darkest fear is that she will not give enough and wind up all alone, abandoned by her friends and family.
While being nice sounds like a good idea, there’s a problem. It doesn’t work. People pleasers often take care of others at the expense of themselves. Activities that promote health, like the daily walk and a good night’s sleep are sacrificed when someone else is in need. Trying to avoid or ignore conflict and anger is like trying to hold a beach ball under water. Unexpressed feelings can pop up as physical ailments, such as heartburn or depression or back pain. When your value as a person is defined by what other people think about you, and you don’t measure up, food or alcohol medicate the emptiness.
If you’re a people-pleaser who gets sick, the same behaviors that got you to the doctor in the first place may stand in the way of getting good health care. You might not want to "trouble your doctor" with your problems. If you have side effects from a medication, you might simply stop taking the pills rather than tell your doctor that you want to try a different medication. A cross look from the front office staff when you ask for a copy of your medical record may be all you need to decide that you’re not doing that again.
The bottom line is that being nice can be hazardous to your health. It erodes your health and impairs your ability to get better if you’re sick.
I invite you to examine how being nice is working for you. Serving others offers great rewards. Serving at the expense of yourself comes with a huge cost that ultimately limits your ability to serve. You can be freed from the imprisonment of people-pleasing. If you want to treat yourself with more love and respect, here are some thoughts.
Re-think being nice.
People-pleasing is a learned behavior that can be unlearned. Although habits may be deeply engrained, small changes can make a huge difference. Next time you’re asked to volunteer, instead of jumping in with a "Yes", say, instead, "I’ll get back to you on that." You will come to understand that "no" is a complete sentence, and you can utter the word! If you can’t imagine doing this, use this "fake it till you make it trick"...tell yourself that you’re taking care of your children’s father, your mother’s daughter or your pet’s owner.
Take care of yourself every day.
Get exercise, nutrition and rest every day. Do something that recharges your batteries every day no matter what. It’s a cliché, but when you’re on a plane you’re instructed to put on your own mask before taking care of others.
Bring an advocate with you to the doctor.
Engaging in acts of self-care, like going to the doctor, can feel like swimming upstream to a people-pleaser. Being nice takes the form of being a good patient who doesn’t make waves.
Here is something critical to remember: You are not there to take care of your doctor; your doctor is there to take care of you. In the past you may have made your medical choices by raising your antennae and tuning into what you think will make your doctor happy. You certainly want your doctor’s opinion, and in most cases you will agree with your doctor’s recommendations. Sometimes getting good care means making waves, like asking , "What are the other treatment options?" or requesting a more complete explanation or seeking a second medical opinion.
While it’s always a good idea to take a second set of listening ears to a doctor appointment, it’s particularly important if you’re a people-pleaser. An advocate will assure that you and your health care team stay focused on taking care of you.
Accept help.
People-pleasers can give from dawn to dusk, but they rarely accept help, even when they’re sick. When I ask my patients who are people-pleasers how it feels to help a friend struggling with illness, the answer is a broad smile. Then I remind them that when they accept help, they give their friends a chance to have those same good feelings.
If you are a people-pleaser, your heart might be racing. I assure you I’m not asking to give up serving others. I’m suggesting that a healthy life is a life in balance, and I encourage you to treat yourself as nicely as you treat others. When you take care of yourself, you offer us the gift of most fully who you are. Then you can really serve.
It's more important than ever to take an active role in your healthcare. The best way to get top-quality, safe and effective healthcare is to actively and knowledgably participate. Visit for the tools to get you there.
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Being Overweight is a Learned Habit, Not a Choice

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Are people overweight by choice or are they overweight because of what they learned as a result of their environment?

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It is remarkable to find how many people eat out of boredom, sheer habit, or to the accompaniment of a newspaper, a book, or a heated business discussion. Many succumb to the habit of eating at a "minute" diner, fast food restaurant or lunch counter, gulping their food and running a "hoof and mouth" race with Father Time. (He always wins.)

Others are trained from childhood to stuff themselves—"finish your plate” (An old relic of primitive days when food scarcities or the uncertainties of a next meal or a next day were constantly present). Some call this "scavenger eating;" many children acquire this habit by imitating their parents who are imitating their parents who may have been raised under food scarcity circumstances.

Many men and women are the victims of monotony or plain poor cooking in their meals. They rarely vary the selection and choice of foods out of sheer inertia, indifference, or lack of attention. So they try to make up in quantity what they lack in quality, seeking satisfaction from calories instead of from quality and contrast.

Dr. Arthur Master, in a study of a group of patients not suffering from heart disease, found that a significant loss of weight was followed by an average 35 per cent reduction in the work the heart has to do. The lesson to you is clear: Even though your heart is strong, being overweight taxes it with work and strain beyond its normal capacity. A healthy heart is gradually weakened by the extra stress imposed on it by 20, 30 or 40 pounds of unnecessary fat.

Your energy reserves are depleted; you feel tired too soon and too often, even when doing simple things like walking and swimming, things that the person of normal weight can handle with ease and pleasure. Don't let too much weight rob you of a strong heart and the vibrant energy that you need to enjoy a full, healthy life. Learn to count your calories and you can count on more years of healthy, happy living.

We must remember that in the past 50-100 years there has been a considerable reduction in energy expenditure, because of a more mechanized way of life. People today don't have to go out to the barn and hitch up a horse or team or count on a long walk when they are ready to go somewhere. They merely step into their car, which is as close to the front door as they can manage it, and then drive to their destination, again parking as near the entrance as possible.

The introduction of countless labor-saving devices in our home, factories, and
offices has also robbed us of most of the physical exertion our grandparents and great-grandparents knew. In fact, when it comes to conserving energy, we seem to have approached about as near as we can get to a vegetable existence.

The message is clear; we must break our old bad habits and develop new good ones if we want to lose weight. Making healthier food choices whenever possible, watching our portions at mealtime, and getting in some exercise regularly are paramount if we want to keep our weight down and live a long, healthy, happy life.

Being The First-Born: The Burden Hardest To Bear

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The first-born child is always the one that bears the most burden among the children of a family. It is no surprise, therefore, that some of them slowly lose their sanity because of the expectation that they fear they cannot meet.

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Society and culture can often place extreme burdens on the first-born child in a family. Being the eldest child in the family often entails additional responsibilities, expectations, and demands. Different cultures exhibit this tendency in varying degrees, though the added pressure and importance of the first-born has sometimes been seen as a universal trait. However, given the right psychological conditions, a first-born child can mentally collapse under such responsibilities, with effects ranging from developing an anxiety disorder to severe case of performance anxiety.

Parents from different countries and cultures usually expect the first-born child to be the one to carry on the family name, as well as help maintain the family's reputation. In the modern environment, this tends to include the expectation of performing well in the academic, personal, and professional realm. Children are oftentimes expected to perform as well if not exceed the performance and achievements of their parents.  In some lower class families, the expectation also includes bringing in the extra money needed by the family for its daily survival. The eldest son or daughter is also expected to help with the bills in the house as well to send the younger siblings to school. These pressures generate resentment, frustration, and  a deeply-rooted sense of status anxiety and social anxiety.

For first-born children in the higher classes of a particular society, the more prevalent problem is a combination of status anxiety and performance anxiety. The problem here stems not from the desire to better one's status, but to maintain the current status and preserve the family's collective social reputation. As such, first-born children are groomed to either be mirror images of their parents, or a reflection of the hopes and dreams the parents had when the child was born. The personal identity becomes blurred with concepts such as filial duty and social status, essentially fostering an individuality only when it is in accordance with social and familial values and demands. While they have little concern over social anxiety, the psychological need to maintain the family's position often results in a form of performance anxiety, as the performance of the child is inevitably compared to anything and everything possible. In some cases, the child is compared to his parents, though parents are more likely to compare the child to his peers.

For members of royalty or long, noble bloodlines, there is an even greater pressure.  Those who are from so-called noble or aristocratic families sometimes grow up with a social anxiety that drives them to live up to the reputation of their forebears. People with famous ancestors also feel the pressure of having the same achievements as those of their well-known predecessors. The problem comes when people inevitably compare the ancestor to the descendant; a comparison that typically shows favor towards the ancestor. This can sometimes cause a child to feel performance anxiety, rendering them unable or unwilling to even attempt to achieve anything on their own, fearing the “unfair” comparisons that they expect to come.

All of these demands and pressures can sometimes come together to “snap” the first-born and make them lash out in a variety of ways. Some reject the responsibilities altogether and actively endeavor to be the exact opposite of what is expected of them. Others develop an anxiety disorder that effectively cripples their ability to fulfill their duties, despite their willingness to do so. A few decide to isolate themselves not only from society, but from their own families. In some instances, people have observed that the first-born exhibits what can only be described as a fear of success, resulting from the inability to cope with the high expectation that he was raised with and has blown out of proportion. In rare cases, the pressure builds to the point that the only way to relieve it is to embrace ---- madness.

Being Thin and Being Lean: Is There a Difference?

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Does being thin have a direct relationship with being lean? In order to answer these questions we must examine what it means to be thin verses what it means to be lean.

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Often people will look at a thin person and think to themselves; now that person is nice and lean. But is that really always the case? Does being thin have a direct relationship with being lean? In order to answer these questions we must examine what it means to be thin verses what it means to be lean.

Now you can define being thin as having a small circumference size. This would be denoted by small waist, arm, leg, and chest diameters as well as a low body weight all in relation to overall height.

The definition of being lean however is measured by overall body composition. This would be denoted by a low percentage of body-fat verses percentage of lean mass (muscle and bone). You may be surprised to know that thin people quite often are not lean at all. In fact, many thin people have a much higher body-fat percentage than you might think!

Now you may be thinking; how is that possible? Thin people don’t look fat so how can they have much body-fat? Consider this example:

Two women at 40 years old are both 5’ 7” tall and both weigh 120 pounds. Women # 1 has a body-fat percentage of 25 and a waist size of 30. Woman # 2 on the other hand has a body-fat percentage of 16 and a waist size of 27. Both look thin, but woman # 2 is clearly leaner. What could be the cause of this? Why could both women be the same age, height, and weight but one is so much leaner than the other?

Atrophy is the term used for the natural loss of muscle that begins to occur in people at around the age of 25 who are sedentary or do no resistance training or strength training. By the time a person reaches their mid to late thirties a significant amount of muscle can be lost if no resistance training is being done.

Once atrophy begins, ½ to 1 pound of muscle is lost per year and is replaced by nearly 2 pounds of fat because as muscle which is metabolically active tissue is lost, metabolism slows down allowing for extra fat storage. This translates to up to 10 to 15 pounds of lost muscle and up to 20 to 30 pounds of extra fat by age 40.  So if a person does no form of resistance training it is likely that by age 40 even though they appear thin they will have a higher percentage of body-fat than meets the eye.

Resistance training is often omitted by people, even those who do exercise for general health. Many people will walk, jog, and bike for fitness but resistance training is just as important because aerobic exercise will develop little to no muscle. Indeed resistance training is a recommended activity for anyone looking to induce healthy living.

Nowadays even many cardiologists are prescribing resistance training for their heart patients because when the skeletal muscles and strengthened, the heart experiences less stress during normal daily activities like grocery shopping or vacuuming the carpets.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends resistance training 2 to 3 times a week for all apparently healthy people, especially adults. If you need help putting together a resistance training program you can seek out the assistance of a qualified fitness trainer or even check out books on the subject from your local library free of charge to get you on your way.   

Remember that just because a person is thin does not mean they are lean. While being overweight is a determining factor in accessing risks to your health, so is carrying higher percentages of body-fat so don’t just aim to be thin, aim to be lean.

Believe in Phentermine with Confidence

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Phentermine is a boon for majority of people fighting obesity. It has proved that obesity cannot be a problem if a proper dose of this diet pill taken along with a bit of jogging and dieting. It is very effective and a dose before breakfast is enough to show its result. Consult a doctor before its use.

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Obesity has become a household word. It has become a type of epidemic engulfing the whole world in an epic proportion. It would have been no problem if the outcome wouldn’t have been fatal. Heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure are few problems that an obsessed person is easily prone to. Besides, obesity tires you out easily resulting in hampering your daily routine. So it is always wise to check on your increase volume of you body and find the root cause of it.

However dieting and exercising is not a bad idea for burning the excess fat inside our body. But one cannot deny the fact that maintaining a diet routine is not a tedious affair. So it is always advisable to go for a proper medication along with your regular diet and jogging. So if somehow you skip your routine, it doesn’t hamper much. One such medicine that is gripping the market is Phentermine a unique diet pill. Its result is found to be very fruitful and its users are happy about the outcome.

Phentermine is a drug use as an appetite suppressant and is very effective in maintaining a healthy fat free life. The effectiveness of Phentermine has been intensively studied by various international dieticians as well as researchers. FDA approved it way back in 1959 and from then onwards it is fighting fats with proven results.

But Phentermine diet pills are very effective and can be very productive if it goes along with a bit of dieting and exercise. Noting can be negative if one is taking it in a proper way and with the guidance of a genuine doctor or dietician. Mild side effects like dry mouth, constipation, dizziness or headache can be seen initially but as our body get used to it, these problems fades away.

Phentermine stimulates our hypothalamus gland in our brain and activates our neurotransmitters in present in our nerve cells. This results in suppressing our appetite and manages our metabolism as well.

Believe It, You Are What You Eat!

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While the old adage that says, “you are what you eat” may be a bit exaggerated, the food, water, and other substances we consume can have profound effects on physical, mental, and emotional wellness or illness. Evidence continues to mount up suggesting that the food we eat have powerful effects not only physically, but psychologically as well.

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“You are what you eat” ---- this often-used phrase has come to describe the belief that a person's totality, including his health, appearance, mood, and thoughts, is shaped by the food he eats.  Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” meaning “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” In an essay entitled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote: “Der Mensch ist, was er ißt,” which translates into English as “man is what he eats.”

Actually, neither Brillat-Savarin or Feuerbach meant for their quotations to be taken literally. They were merely stating that that the food that one eats has a bearing on one's state of mind and health. The actual phrase didn't emerge as part of the common English language until some time later. In the '20s and '30s, the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health, developed what he called as the Catabolic Diet. The said diet was accepted and gained some adherents. Lindlahr's theories became so popular that even advertising was shaped by his nutritional dogmas.  A 1923 advertisement for beef released through the Bridgeport Telegraph had the following message:  “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

To some, the old adage, “You are what you eat” may be a bit exaggerated.  Still, many studies have shown that the food, water, and other substances we consume can have profound effects on our physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Evidence continues to mount up suggesting that the food we eat have powerful psychological effects.

For starters, there are clear connections between mood and food that are rich in folates like green leafy vegetables. A 1997 Harvard study supports earlier findings that show a link between folate deficiency and depressive symptoms. The study revealed that low folate levels can interfere with the antidepressant activity of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). A Tufts University study of nearly 2,948 individuals found that those who met the criteria for a lifetime diagnosis of major depression had lower serum and red blood folate concentrations than those who had never been depressed. Those with dysthymia had lower red blood cell folate only. The authors of the study recommend folate supplementation during the year following a depressive episode. 

A case study from University of Alaska best exemplifies how food intake affect the people from the North Pole region. This happens when various populations change from their traditional means of consuming and procuring food to steak and lots of junk food. Though the traditional diets of circumpolar people vary from region to region, the menu generally draws from marine mammals, fish, hoofed animals, fur-bearing animals, birds and their eggs, plants, and berries. These food are rich in nutrients, with high levels of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, while low in carbohydrates. However, radical changes in their diet occurred after establishing contact and engaging in trade with Westerners. Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease were virtually unknown to the frozen North. The introduction of fat and carbohydrate-rich Western diets made previously unrecorded diseases to the North Pole.

A recent case study also found that rates of depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are on the rise in circumpolar regions, especially among non-isolated populations. Suicide rates have increased seven-fold in many northern populations over the past several decades. The authors of the case study acknowledge that the combined decline in mental health and the disappearance of traditional diets in circumpolar people make a direct connection between diet and mental health in these people a very real possibility.

“You are what you eat”, the phrase got a new lease of life in the '60s Hippie era. The food of choice of the champions of this notion was macrobiotic wholefood and the phrase was adopted by them as a slogan for healthy eating. The belief in the diet in some quarters was so strong that when Adelle Davis, a leading spokesperson for the organic food movement, contracted cancer that later killed her, she attributed the illness to the junk food she had eaten at college. Indeed, you are what you eat and believe it!

Bells, But No Whistles: Bell's Palsy

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Bell's Palsy is a common neurological disorder that affects the face, giving people who have the problem a distinctive, distorted “smile.” The problem has no known definite cause or treatment, though muscle relaxants and some other medications have been found to have appreciable, if small, effects on the problem. In most cases, the problem fades away after a time, but it can persist if not diagnosed and treated early on.

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The face is one of the primary assets that a person can have when interacting with others. It is a useful tool when attempting to convince or sway people, particularly when combined effectively with voice and gestures. Simple facial gestures from a trusted figure can go a long way to helping someone overcome fear and anxiety in a variety of situations. A well-placed smile can also go a long way in getting someone to overcome his anxiety and agree to a risky but profitable operation. So it is understandable that some people would rather not have to attempt to convince someone of anything if they have Bell's Palsy.

Bell's Palsy is a neurological disorder that causes a distinctive distortion of the lips commonly known as the “Bell's Smile.” The problem is typically caused by inflammation of certain muscles on one side of the face, causing the famous “distortion.” The disorder is also often accompanied by partial or total paralysis of one side of the face. In most cases, the paralysis and inflammation are limited only to a certain area, being just enough to prevent a person from naturally correcting the unusual crookedness of the lips. Most doctors investigate how far the damage extends, as cases can differ between the number of nerves that are actually involved in the problem.

Being diagnosed with Bell's Palsy is often a case of elimination for the attending physicians. There are various problems and neurological disorders that can affect the face. The common symptom, the inflammation of certain muscles in the face, can also be caused by a wide range of internal and external factors. A stroke and a minor tumor on the side of the face can also cause the prerequisite level of paralysis, though it is not a common occurrence for either one. In some cases, it has been reported that the inflammation itself is the cause of the problem, rather than being a symptom of the problem itself.

Treatment for Bell's Palsy is often either difficult or unnecessary. It can be difficult because there is no clear cause, thus giving doctors nothing to directly attack. In some cases, muscle relaxants are given to help ease the inflammation, but this is only a preliminary measure. Anti-inflammatory drugs have also been suggested to help decrease what it seen as the core of the problem. However, studies have shown that these drugs have not been consistently effective. In the past, surgery has been used to correct these musculo-facial problems but the results have either been inconclusive or have proven to be ineffective. Some have tried to look towards alternatives such as acupuncture, but this avenue of treatment has also shown inconclusive results. Chinese medicine recognizes the problem, but there are no reports on what is the traditional treatment for it.

In most cases, Bell's Palsy fades by itself if treated early on. In the earlier stages of the disorder, muscle relaxants are often enough to eventually correct the problem. The duration of the problem varies, but it can range from weeks to months. In some cases, however, it can be prolonged if the treatment is not administered early enough to have an appreciable effect. While these people are able to converse as normal, some conditions can cause it to worsen and the person would be rendered unable to speak normally for a period of time.

title:Beneficial Devices to Prevent Sinus Infections
author:Marlon D. Ludovice
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One of the main causes of sinus infection is cause and triggered by a polluted air that we breathe. Almost every corner of the space we move in is affected and was contaminated by air pollutants that in serious cases can contain harsh elements that can give a greater possibility of causing sinus infection. Even offices, motels, restaurants and shops including apartments, warehouses, laboratories, dark rooms and production areas is not anymore a pollutant free. But now devices are invented to help you control some of those elements that pollute the air. Especially made to prevent sinus infection problems, the following are beneficial devices.
Air Purifiers
Sinus infection air purifiers are designed to treat the indoor air that has become polluted by particulates or gases. Sinus infection air purifiers and air cleaners are terms, which are synonymous with each other. Breathing clean air is of great importance to anyone who wants a healthy life, and especially for those who suffer from allergies like rhinitis, dust mite allergy, pet allergy, hay fever or multiple chemical sensitivities.
Many units of sinus infection air purifiers are available in the market today and most of them filter pollen, dust, mould spores, pet dander, airborne particles and some smells, and some of the higher tech models will also deal with an array of chemicals as well.
Air can be composed of organic and inorganic compound, bacteria and viruses. Gaseous pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide or the organic chemicals released from gas appliances, cigarette smoking and vehicle exhaust. Other pollutants can arise from gases released by building materials such as insulation, plywood or particleboard.
People with multiple chemical sensitivities can react to almost anything, so the correct choice of air purifier is extremely important, since this person could react to the material that makes up the air purifier such as glue on the hepa filter or out gassing from plastic parts. With the availability of air purifiers the chances of having a sinus problem becomes lesser, the cleaner the air we breathe the safer it is for sinus infections.
Sinus Dehumidifier
Sinus infection dehumidifier is another device that removes the moisture from the air. It converts the moisture to a cold surface. It is same as air conditioner that has both hot and cold coils in one box. A fan draws the room's air over the cold coil of the air conditioner to condense the moisture. The dry air then passes through the hot coil to heat it back up to its original temperature.
Sinus infection furnace
Sinus infection furnace filter is important thing in your home, office and other industrial sites. All of the people are looking for a clean air. It helps because it can reduce visible dust in present in your surroundings. It is best remedy in sinusitis problems
There are types of air filters. There are fiberglass filters which is the least expensive, that is designed to block the large dust and particles to protect the furnace. Another is the washable electronic filters that attracts dust and have coarse much effective than the disposable one. Pleated filter helps eliminate large allergens like molds and pollens. Meanwhile, the most innovative filter is the electronic air cleaner that magnetizes the pollutants and collects them on the filter material.
Sinus infection steam cleaner
Sinus infection steam cleaner is a device used for cleaning houses, offices and other facilities. This device uses steam in order to clean. Sinus infection steam cleaner is easy to use. There are portable sinus infection steam cleaners that can remove stains fast and easy, with high durability. These portable steam cleaners are easy to carry around a house or office.
This device, aids those who are suffering from any types of sinusitis, like, acute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis or fungal sinusitis, by eliminating all dusts and other allergy causing bacteria inside the house office or building. By doing this, further complications to a person's sinuses are evaded. This is good especially for those persons who have acute sinusitis and for those who have fungal sinusitis.
Always remember the importance of bringing fresh air into our body. The air we breathe usually affects and even added to the accumulated dirt in our nose that causes sinus infection. Securing such kind of device is beneficial not just by giving us comfort but also providing us with healthy breathable air.
title:Beneficial Effects of Vitamins and Minerals To Your Blood
author:Charlene J. Nuble
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are essential to the health and functioning of the body and are delivered throughout the body by the blood. There are several vitamins and minerals that directly affect the blood and its ability to perform its important tasks within the body. For the blood to be able to perform its duties properly and efficiently as well as the body and mind in general it is necessary to meet the standard recommended daily intake levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients each and every day.
Blood receives its color from the red blood cells which perform one of the most important tasks that the blood does for the body. Red blood cells are responsible for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body as well as for the removal of waste products. Because the average red blood cell lives for about 120 days the body needs to continuously produce a new supply of red blood cells. There are several vitamins and minerals that are essential to the creation of these cells and the ability of these cells to perform their important work in the body.
The vitamins that make up the powerful and very important Vitamin B complex are a major factor in the production of red blood cells in the body. Vitamin B6 also called pyridoxine is a necessary part of the metabolism of red blood cells and is also required to make hemoglobin which is how the red blood cell transports oxygen. Men between the ages of 19 and 50 need 1.3mg daily of Vitamin B6 as do women of the same age group. However, for women during periods of pregnancy the recommended amount is 1.9mg per day and 2.0mg while breastfeeding. Men older than 50 should have a daily Vitamin B6 intake of 1.7mg and women in that age group should take 1.5mg daily. The children’s needs however, depends on their age and size, dosages actually range from between .6mg to 1.3mg of Vitamin B6 per day.
Other B complex vitamins that have an important role in the production of red blood cells include Vitamin B2 also known as riboflavin, Vitamin B9 also called as folate in its natural form and folic acid in its pharmaceutical form and Vitamin B12 which is also called cobalamin due to its cobalt content.
Iron is one of the minerals that is essential to the quality, quantity, good health and function of the blood. One of the most important tasks iron serves in the blood is in the production of hemoglobin. Approximately 60% of the iron in the body is found in its hemoglobin.
The mineral copper is also involved in the production of red blood cells and through its enhancement of iron absorption by the body so too is Vitamin C. Vitamin E also helps in red blood cell production. These and the numerous other nutrients involved in making the steady supply of red blood cells essential to the body’s good health and well being demonstrate clearly the importance of the every day consumption of the standard recommended daily intake levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Nutritional supplements can offer a reliable and safe means of making sure that your body has all the nutrients necessary each day to ensure that your blood remains healthy and strong. The quality of your blood will influence the quality of your life. A lot of people are actually suffering from iron deficiency anemia nowadays which can be caused by a lot of contributing factors such as lack of sleep, excessive stress and not having enough liver in take. All of these should be avoided so as to ensure that the anemia will not go on to becoming leukemia or any other irreversible damage to the blood.
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Benefits of Boxing Training for Fitness

You may improve your health and have a physically fit body by getting into boxing training fitness programs. This is the best way for you to have a stronger body and gain confidence. Boxing workouts can help you to be at your best fighting form as well.

Many people see positive results from boxing trainings. You may build stronger and more defined arms and legs. These programs and classes also help you to gain a sense of inner strength and emotional balance.

Boxing training classes got across to the mainstream of physical fitness training a few years back. They have seen the benefits on the cardiovascular and toning of the muscles by these boxing training workouts. Tae bo work out videos also popularized these boxing and kickboxing exercises.

Cardio boxing training classes and the innovative variations of the sparring jabs, power punches, defense, and fitness has all blends of aerobics exercises. You will learn the proper execution of the punch and kick combinations for a more intensive workout that can help you become stronger and more confident.

The combinations you perform on the blocks, jabs, and kicks are executed to an imagined opponent. You may see classes where participants throw punches and kicks on the air. You will also find training camps that have quality equipment such as punching bags and you may also have the option of getting a partner that has padded hands.

You may also enjoy more benefits aside from the physical aspects of boxing trainings. Cardio kick boxing workouts allow you to burn out 350 to 500 calories in just an hour. It also helps maintaining the heart rate at 75 percent to 85 percent regular beat. This has been proven to be good and is the recommended range if you are exercising or into training.

Moreover, these boxing training classes improve your speed, resistance, and strength. Flexibility and the reflexes of the muscles are also enhanced. Repetitive motion on arms by sparring and jogging while you punch helps your arms and legs gain strength and power.

These workouts also enable your joint movements to build very efficient fitness results.
These movements require you to develop balance and coordination that enables your body to be stable and maintain a good form.

These physical benefits you gain from boxing and kickboxing are just few of the many benefits that they can provide. You will be able to learn more about defense mechanism skills, which you may use in case of unwanted instances. You will also feel the satisfaction when you punch or kick. Relaxation and self-motivation is also developed.

You will feel a sigh of relief and feel that you are released from stressed. It also helps you to get rid of that anger that is inside of you. Once these things are releases, you may feel lightness into your body and peace of mind as well.

Many aerobic and fitness experts recommend boxing training lessons for beginners. It allows you to workout on your desired pace and body condition. Boxing classes let you to push yourself to the limit as long as you are safe and well conditioned.

Positive results await you with boxing training. You will enjoy a physically fit body and will keep you in better shape. You have the option working out and exercising at your preferred level and skill. Enjoy the fun of these boxing training programs. 

Benefits of Cardio Interval Training

In a long-term study of the health of the people of in the United States, the U.S. Public Health Service documented the chances of developing heart disease among various groups in the population. Long before the any symptoms appeared, epidemiological research could identify high-risk groups.

Among the highest risk factors are male sex, age over 35, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high levels of certain blood fats, and a family history of cardiovascular disorders.

Other researchers have added to this list another risk factor: the compulsive, hard-driving, highly anxious personality. The greater the number of severity, the greater the person’s overall risk.

These threats to the heart can be divided into two main categories: those beyond individual control, such as age, sex, and heredity, and those that can be controlled, avoided, or even eliminated. Among those in the second category are what cardiologists call “the triple threat.” These are the high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, and high cholesterol levels in the blood.

If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, your risk of having a heart attack is twice that of a nonsmoker. If you smoke, have hypertension, and eat a diet high in fats without any exercise at all, your risk is five times greater than normal.

The Healthy Heart

If these risk factors endanger the heart’s health, what enhances its well-being and improves its odds of working long and well?

Obviously, quitting cigarettes and eating a low-fat diet will help. The next best thing you can do for your heart’s sake is to give it what it needs: regular exercise or a complete cardio interval training.

The heart is a muscle, or, more accurately, a group or “package” of muscles, similar in many ways to the muscles of the arms and legs. And just as exercise strengthens and improves limb muscles, it enhances the health of the heart muscles as well.

Since World War II, several large-scale statistical studies have evaluated the relationship between physical activity and cardiovascular disease. One well-known survey compared 31,000 drivers and conductors of some bus companies. The more sedentary drivers had a significantly higher rate of heart disease than the conductors, who walked around the buses and climbed stairs to the upper level.

The why and how behind these statistics were bet explained by classic experiments with dogs whose coronary arteries were surgically narrowed to resemble those of humans with arteriosclerosis. Dogs who were exercised were had much better blood flow than those kept inactive.

The exercise seemed to stimulate the development of new connections between the impaired and the nearly normal blood vessels, so exercised dogs had a better blood supply to all the muscle tissue of the heart. The human heart reacts in the same way to provide blood to the portion that was damaged by the heart attack.

To enable the damaged heart muscle to heal, the heart relies on new small blood vessels for what is called collateral circulation. These new branches on the arterial tress can develop long before a heart attack — and can prevent a heart attack if the new network takes on enough of the function of the narrowed vessels.

With all these facts, it is now boiled down to a single question: What should be done in order to prevent such dilemmas?

Some studies showed that moderate exercise several times a week is more effective in building up these auxiliary pathways than extremely vigorous exercise done twice often.

The general rule is that exercise helps reduce the risk of harm to the heart. Some researches further attested the link between exercise and healthy heart based from the findings that the non-exercisers had a 49% greater risk of heart attack than the other people included in the study. The study attributed a third of that risk to sedentary lifestyle alone.

Hence, with employing the cardio interval training, you can absolutely expect positive results not only on areas that concerns your cardiovascular system but on the overall status of your health as well.

This particular activity that is definitely good for the heart is a cycle of “repeated segments” that is of intense nature. In this process, there is an interchange periods of recuperation. It can both be comprehensive activity and moderate motion.

Consequently, the benefits of merely engaging into this kind of activity can bring you more results that you have ever expected. These are:

1. The threats of heart attack are lessened, if not eliminated

2. Enhanced heart task

3. Increase metabolism, increase the chance of burning calories, therefore, assist you in losing weight

4. Improves lung capacity

5. Helps lessen or eliminate the cases of stress

Indeed, cardio interval training is the modern way of creating a healthy, happy heart and body.
Benefits of Cardio Training

Being fit and healthy is the in thing. Actually, it really never goes out of style. That body is the most valuable asset you could have in your lifetime. Thus it is important that you take good care of it. Give it the proper attention it needs.

When it comes to ensuring and maintaining the health, the best option is to do cardio training.

What Is Cardio Training?

Cardio training involves any activity that requires the use of the large muscle groups of the body in a regular and uninterrupted manner. It elevates the heart rate between 60 to 85 percent of the fastest heart rate you could get.

Some of the usual cardio training activities are walking, jogging, running, aerobics, cycling, tae bo, swimming and rowing. Cardio training is considered an aerobic exercise as one is required to move from one exercise to another.

What Are the Benefits of Training?

1. Gives Energy to the Body
You can expect more energy and higher endurance after some time of regular cardio training.

2. Prevents Diseases
One could prevent heart diseases with regular cardio training. It is also helpful in preventing other variety of diseases like diabetes, obesity and even high cholesterol. The cardiovascular training strengthens the heart and the lungs. The low to moderated type of cardio exercises are required for people seeking to prevent diseases. Examples of these are walking, brisk walking or jogging.

3. Control Your Weight
With cardio training, you are able to burn more calories. This will help one who needs to lose weight. While those who already achieved their ideal body mass, the training will make it easier to control the weight.

Cardio training helps burn calories. However this generally depends on your current weight and the kind of cardio training you are undergoing. Better consult this matter with your physician or trainer, to know the proper type of training for your needs.

4. Lose Body Fats
Some people do not have problem with their weights. However, there may be some excess fats that keep bothering. Cardio training will help in getting rid of those. The activities involve the movements of large muscle groups. Regularly doing the training will make you leaner.

5. Get Rid of Boredom
Cardio training is fun. It pumps up your system. You will definitely feel more energized and on the go.

Recommendations to Better Enjoy the Benefits of Cardio Training

Cardio training is essential when you need to make health improvements. For starters, it is best to do the 30 to 45 minutes of exercises, 3 to 5 days a week. If you are aiming for weight loss, the training must be done 5 days a week. The more frequent you do it; the more likely it is that you will lose weight. However, avoid exhausting yourself too much in exercise. Avoid going beyond 45 minutes. Remember, it has to be done in a regular basis.

Start now. Walk or ride the bike around the neighborhood now. Follow that aerobics video you purchased. Set a goal and follow that goal. At the same time, modify your diet too. Eat healthy food.

As you increase in the fitness level, the intensity of the training must also increase. This is to have an area of variation and there should always be room for improvement. Implement this by intensifying some parts of the training. If you are into jogging or running, increase speed every 5 minutes for at least a minute or two. It is important that you challenge yourself, so as not to be stuck in a stump.

Avoid doing the cardio exercises before bedtime. You will have a difficult time sleeping if you do so as the energy level of the body will stay high for sometime.

If you are undergoing weight training too, do the cardio exercises right after, not before.

It is best to take a snack 30 minutes before doing the cardio exercises. Do not start with training in an empty stomach. This will not help in achieving the proper momentum when you train. At the same time, avoid indulging in large meals too before exercise. Just give your body the proper supply it will need to sustain exhausting movements.

It is good to do the cardio exercises outdoors. This way you can easily interact with nature and breathe fresh air. You can also simply enjoy going around the neighborhood as you get your system healthier by the minute. It is possible to make some friends among the people who also do their exercises.

Be consistent and stick with the training once you have started it. This is the only way that cardio training will benefit your body and your health in the long run.Benefits of Detoxing for Fitness and Health

It seems to be a little disgusting when you are detoxing or cleansing. Your body shows some signs that you have built up toxins. These toxins can affect your whole body fitness and health.

There are times that you feel sluggish and feel the stressful. Your body may experience continuous aching, diarrhea, constipation, and feeling of clumsiness. Rapid weight gain and the incapacity to lose the excess weight can also be signs of having toxins in the body.

Moreover, the toxins found in the body are found and stored on your fat cells. For Americans who are taking the usual American diet, a person may consume 70 trillion garbage cans for each cell. In detoxing your body and cleaning that unwanted garbage in your cells, you should pay attention on your elimination organs.

There are particular organs in your body that deal on cell waste management. These organs play a major role in the detoxing process for a fit and healthy body.

1. Your liver is the organ that recycles the unwanted chemicals in the body. It sorts out the toxins and places them to the organ for elimination during the process of circulation. The principal elimination organs will back up the liver on where these toxins will be stored and then eliminated.

2. The lymph glands also play an important role in eliminating the toxins. A network of tubing brings out the excess waste of the cells from the body and to the final eliminating organs. The appendix, thymus, tonsil, and spleens are major lymphatic glands that help the major organs of the body in cleansing and detoxing.

3. The kidneys help in the water management of the body. They are the ones that keep the good chemistry of the blood alkaline by eliminating the dissolved acid waste. You can help your kidney to function very well by drinking plenty of water. It is much better if you drink fresh alkaline juices and purified water. You may take ½ ounce of alkaline everyday to see positive results on your body weight.

4. The lungs are the organs that keep the blood air purified. They allow the oxygen to go directly to the bloodstream. It is also responsible in removing waste gases that are found in every cell of the body. Deep breathing and fresh air is very helpful in keeping the lungs healthy and free from toxins. If you are in the urban area, it is recommended that you find an oxygen rich area where you can perform deep breathing.

5. The colon is a solid waste management organ in your body. Medical practitioners have found many peolpe that may have an 80-pound mucus and rubber like solid waste that are found on the walls of the colon. Detoxing and cleaning the colon can be a real tough thing to do. However, having a free waste colon can certainly provide you good benefits of having a clean and healthy body.

If you are experiencing some signs of detoxification, you may try doing a regular walking exercise. Exercise is a good key in having a fit and healthy body. Many diet doctors also suggest that you drink plenty of lemon water. This is an effective way of maintaining a very good circulation and can increase the rate of detoxification inside the body.

Benefits of Fish Oil for Fitness and Health

When the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil
Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth. The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs. Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods.

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3
Physicians and scientists are of the same opinion that the cause behind increasing cases of heart disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, premature aging and certain kinds of cancer is none other than an imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils. This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contains high amounts of linoleic acid. Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils. It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body. In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart diseases is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).

The two essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are also helpful in preventing atherosclerosis, heart attacks, depression and various forms of cancer. Fish oil supplemented food have also proven to be useful in treating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Other Benefits of Fish Oil
There are a lot more illnesses and situations in which intake of fish oil has proven to be significantly beneficial.

Making the Heart Healthier
The heart is inarguably one of the most important parts of our body and having an unhealthy heart means having to suffer a rather limited lifespan. Naturally, it’s in our best interests to keep our hearts happy and healthy and one way of doing that is eating food that contains fish oil.

In Athens, Greece, for instance, a study was made to show if there was a direct relationship between high fish diet and inflammation of blood vessels. The results revealed that those who ate more fish than the others had a lower level of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6, factors that are commonly used to measure likelihood of blood vessel inflammation. These benefits remained even when the various risks associated with high fish diet were taken into account.

Fish to Become Thin
In Perth, Australia, a study had revealed that fish consumption can be used against hypertension and obesity. Researchers of the UWA (University of Western Australia) have discovered that a weight-loss diet which includes a regular amount of fish consumption can be quite effective in reducing blood pressure and improving glucose tolerance.

Fish Oil to Combat Asthma
People suffering from respiratory problems like asthma tend to be perceived as unfit and unhealthy. They should now be pleased to learn that certain studies have revealed the benefits of fish oil for asthma-burdened-individuals. Statistics show that approximately 20 to 25% of children today suffer one form of asthma or another at a certain point in their lives. And certain evidence reveals a regular diet of food with high linoleic acid content as the reason behind it.

Researchers of UW (University of Wyoming) conducted a study by subjecting a number of children to a high-fish diet while others continued with their regular diet. Results revealed that the participants who ate more fish were less prone to asthma attacks and were able to breathe more easily as well.

Consult Your Nutritionist Now
Nothing is good when consumed or used excessively but complete avoidance of a particular food type is equally harmful as well. Ask your nutritionist for the right amount of fish intake for your age and health status.

Benefits of Liquid Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals can be absorbed by the body in a number of ways. They first enter our body through the food we eat. Secondly, we can take vitamin supplements to increase the amount of pertinent vitamins and minerals. There are different methods of taking medication and one of the most common methods is absorbing it in its liquid form. Do the advantages of liquid vitamins far outweigh its disadvantages – if there are any? Read on and find out.

Better or Easier Absorption for Kids
Although liquid vitamins may taste worse than vitamins in flavored, chewable tablet forms, they are however easier to absorb. There are numerous cases in which children have problems with choking, breathing and swallowing simply because of their inability to absorb medication or vitamins in this form.

This is the same problem as well for adults who have lost their ability to control their jaws or are unable to digest anything that is not in liquid form.

Liquid Vitamins are More Effective
Because of its form, liquid vitamins can be assimilated immediately into the blood stream for a more systemic administration of the vitamin and its average absorption rate is approximately 90 to 98%. It is also three to five times more concentrated than vitamin pills and this lead to higher bio-activity and greater therapeutic benefits.

The Link between Antioxidants and Liquid Vitamins
Have you ever wondered whether or not liquid vitamins contained oxidants as well? Vitamins E, C and A are examples of antioxidants and they are commonly found in vitamin supplements but what about liquid vitamins?

And the answer is an absolute YES. Liquid vitamins must in fact contain such antioxidants or they’ll prove to be ineffective compared to other vitamins. Remember that the most important of all antioxidants – Vitamins A, C and E – are not internally produced by the body so they must be a regular fixture in our diet. Antioxidants are our main defense against effects of damaging oxidation reactions. Antioxidants are our best weapons against suffering from any form of cancer. Without it, we are basically weaker and less healthy.

Liquid Vitamins versus Digestive Acids
One reason why people refuse to acknowledge the benefits of liquid vitamins is because of the supposed destruction by digestive acids of any vitamin or mineral that it does not recognize as part of the process of digestion. The opposite is, in fact true. Our digestive system actually prefers or is able to better absorb liquid vitamins and minerals rather than those made in pill or capsule form.

A vitamin pill or tablet has to be digested completely before it can benefit the human body. It must be broken down into absorbable nutrients or only up to thirty percent of it will be absorbed by the human body. Liquid vitamins however provide a better and easier solution for the digestive system. Because it does not depend in any way on mechanical digestion, an estimated 90% of it can be absorbed directly by the body.

It’s vital to remember that digestion does not mainly function to destroy vitamins and minerals but rather to transform them into substances it can use to improve the general constitution of the body.

Liquid Vitamins: Toxic or Not?
Another problem posed is the amount of colloidal minerals found in liquid vitamins. Are they harmful or not?

In truth, even plants and fruits contain a trace of such minerals in them. Apples, for instance, contain 3-5 mg of aluminum as it’s one of the most abundant elements that can be found in the surface of the Earth. But do you hear anyone telling you that apples are dangerous to your health? On the contrary, what we are more likely to hear is that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

And so it must be with liquid vitamins as well. Containing a slight amount of colloidal mineral doesn’t mean it’s bad for our health right away. Colloidal minerals, are above all else, naturally occurring elements and can not therefore be avoided.

You Have a Choice
At the end of the day, however, it’s still up to you whether or not you wish to take vitamin supplements in liquid or solid form. What really matters is what you prefer and which will ultimately work better for you.

Benefits of resistance training

Do you want to have a stronger and more beautiful body? Then the best thing to do is get on your feet and start doing the resistance training.

What Is Resistance Training?

Resistance training involves activities that use weights, machines and even body weight to work out the muscles properly. It is also known as strength training or weight training. This can be very helpful in achieving a healthier body.

This kind of training is usually associated with athletes who have to build up their bodies. Most people would think that when resistance training is done, the body will grow bigger. Actually it will not. Resistance training is simply about increasing the strength of the body, not its size.

Actually, this can be practiced by anyone. It basically builds and tones the muscle to give the body a better look. This training program is even very much advisable to the elders. The usual training programs undergone by the elders are standing free-weights resistance or the moderate-intensity seated machine training.

How Does Resistance Training Work? 

A resistance training program will include the use of various exercise equipment and machines like the bench press, dumbbell or barbell. When the equipment is used, the muscles of the body will be pitted against the weight. The cells of the body will then adapt to the extra weight. This will then result to hypertrophy or the enlarging and increasing of the nerve cells to help in the muscle contraction.

Before doing any resistance training, it will be best to consult first with the doctor. This goes especially for people who have medical conditions or are overweight. This kind of training is not something that you can explore on your own. You have to know the proper equipment for the needs of your body. The body must also be conditioned first before taking in the weights.

Resistance training can also be done without resorting to the equipment. Doing push-ups is one good example. You can do it just about anywhere where there is enough space for you to move. This time it is your own body weight that will be pitted against the muscles. So those who are a bit constrained in the budget can still do resistance trainings.

What Are the Benefits of Resistance Training?

1. Increase Bone Mineral Density
Bones are constantly remodeling, meaning the tissues break down at the same time they build up. The peak of remodeling takes place during puberty. However, as a person ages, there may be problems with the bone mineral density as the remodeling may not be as active anymore. This is especially a problem to post-menopausal women.

Bone mineral density is usually supported by the hormones. To address the problem of not having the hormones to maintain the bone mineral density, physical activity is the next best option. Resistance training is one physical activity that can address this.

2. Increase Strength
Strong bones and strong muscles will be developed as you undergo the resistance training program.

3. Increase the Range of Activities
When your body is strong enough to carry some considerable weight, then definitely you will also be capable of doing more strenuous activities. You are less likely to be lazy and you can live a more active lifestyle.

4. Reduce the Body Fat
Pitting the weights on your muscle will definitely give it the body the exercise it needs and get rid of the undesirable fats. Thus expect the tone of the body to improve. Even more, expect the body to look better, to be leaner.

5. Improve State of the Elders
For the elderly, undergoing a resistance training program will help improve their health and decrease the risks brought about by the age. They can be more independent, without needing to rely on other people for doing simple things. Being able to do so will also decrease the risk of injuries in the elders

6. Improve Heart Condition
Regularly doing resistance training can result to a lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure, especially after exercise. The risk of heart diseases is reduced to a considerable extent.

This kind of training however must be properly done. It requires commitment and consistency. It will have to be done in a regular basis, following a schedule that the doctor or the physical trainer would recommend. If done incorrectly, the benefits of the program may not be enjoyed and it can even result the injury.

The key here is to simply take your time. Do things one step at a time correctly. As your body condition improves, then move on to more challenging tasks. The strength of the body and its overall look are at stake in the resistance training. So you better be sure to do it properly.The Wondrous Benefits of Soy Protein

Soy protein is emerging as one of the great alternative protein sources for human consumption. Health experts are all excited about how soy protein can change the face of nutrition. What’s all the rage? Here are some great reasons to get with soy protein.

Soy Protein is Plant Protein
Soy beans contain complete protein and have one of the best protein digestibilities among all protein sources. Soy beans also contain little or no fat and have virtually no cholesterol. Lactose intolerant ones will be pleased to know that soy beans contain no lactose.

Being a plant protein, soy is free from steroids and antibiotics animal protein contains. It is also free from the parasites that contaminate some of these products. They also contain none of the diseases one can contract from mean sources such as Mad Cow Disease, and Foot and Mouth Disease.

Vegetarians love this bean as it provides a comparable – if not better – source of protein as compared to its animal counterpart. It provides a protein that is better and easier to digest and is comparable to most protein supplements.

Soy Beans are Very Versatile
Soy beans are very versatile. Various cuisines, especially Asian ones recognize the value of the humble soy bean. A variety of naturally yummy delicacies are all soy based: tofu, soy pudding, Soya milk, and meat substitutes – not to mention condiments such as soy sauce, and hoi sin sauce.

To counter the problem of world hunger, the growing of soybeans has been suggested. Not only are soybeans easy to grow and harvest, they will grow pretty much anywhere and produces much in a little time. There have been farmers reported to have replaced their entire crop line with soy bean plants. These hardy little plants produce much per harvest, and, as said earlier, can grow in even the most trying terrain.

The Great Substitute
Soy is low in fat and can be used to substitute most protein sources. When cooking, you may use soy substitutes instead of flour for a low fat alternative. This makes it a great protein source for those that are looking to lose weight without compromising their protein requirements.

Bodybuilders are considering how this can make their jobs a lot easier. Without the fat and with all the protein goodness – easily digestible at that – bodybuilding has just received a great blessing of a food.

Although these bodybuilders are currently debating how soy can be a help to bodybuilders, it doesn’t take away anything from what soy can contribute to the overall health of a person.

 It is very advisable to stick to natural protein rather than processes protein if possible, as processed foods typically have some risk attached to them. The best use of this food can be attributed to how it perfectly fits into anyone’s low-fat, high-protein diet.

Soy products can be incorporated into shakes and drinks. And being lactose-free, lactose intolerant people will still be able to get their milkshake fix without having to suffer so.

Soy products are also a great source of other nutrients such as saponins, isoflavones, and phytosterol. Saponins help support a healthy immune system. It also combines with cholesterol to avoid increased absorption of cholesterol in the body. Phytosterols also help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the body in the same way saponins do.

Isoflavones are powerful antioxidants and prevent the effects of free radicals in the body. They prevent many of the signs of aging and have been known to help prevent cancer. This alone makes soy a miracle protein source in its own right.

Isoflavones, along with vitamins A,C, and E are among the front liners in the fight against such disease – they also counter the effects of pollution, and stress.

How Much is Too Much
Unlike other protein sources, it is pretty safe to consume a wide amount of soy products. While allergies to soy products exist, cases are few and far between. When changing to a soy diet, however, it would be best to consult your physician or your nutritionist. Ask specifically if the soy interferes with any prescription drugs you are taking.

Soy can be great blessing for people who are looking for a great source of protein that does not entail the side effects of most of the other sources. It would be advisable for one to explore how it can improve one’s diet.
Benefits of Stretching

The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach that something you dropped on the floor. You must be able to zip the back of your favorite dress on your own. You must be able to reach that book you need to read at the top shelf.

These are simple activities. Nothing grand about them, you merely stretched out a bit. However, if there are difficulties in doing such simple motions, then you have to stretch your limits. You already need a stretching program.

What Is Stretching?

Stretching is simply the act of extending to full length the body or simply a part of it. This activity involves straightening or stretching the structure or the limbs.

How Does One Do the Stretching?

Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it is involved in the normal activities. It can be done by any people, regardless of age.

However the extent of stretching and flexing differs. The muscles tighten as a person ages. The range of joint movements can be minimized. This can very well obstruct an on-the-go lifestyle. That is why as the person grows older, bending or flexing becomes more limited. This is why stretching regularly, as part of a routine is very important.

Simple stretches can be done everyday. It can be incorporated in the lifestyle and the daily activities. It does not require much of your time.

Stretching exercises can also be done while training. Actually, stretching is an essential part of any training or sport. It must be done first before anything else. Stretching the body and the limbs is a good preparation for a more rigorous activity.

Most athletes would do the sit and reach, wherein they position on the floor, extend their legs and reach the tip of their foot with the tip of their hand. Actually, most trainers actually require their athletes to really do the stretching before playing.

There is actually an ideal length of time in stretching. It is best to do it in 10 minutes. This will give the body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles, thus preparing it for more complicated and strenuous movements.

Experts however would frown upon going way beyond 10 minutes. Stretching the exercise to 30 minutes or more will already wear out the body. This will not be favorable if one is preparing for a game.

What Are the Benefits of Stretching?

1. Increase the Range of Movement
As one constantly do the stretching exercises, the length of the muscles and the tendons are also increased. This will help in increasing the range of your movement. Thus, the limbs and joints will be able to move, way before an injury can take place. You are definitely physically fit.

2. Increased Ability to Perform Skills
When you have a wide range of movement, the more you will be able to do more things. For example, you can jump high without feeling any pain when you land back on the floor. This will also help you start a new sport or improve more if you are in one. Stretching in this aspect also allows you to have a more active lifestyle.

3. Injury Prevention
One can prevent injury to joints, tendons and muscles with stretching. When the muscles and tendons are well-flexed, they are considered in good working order. This will help in a faster recovery and decreased soreness. The muscles of the body will be able to take more exhausting and rigorous movements with less probability of being injured.

4. Reduce Muscle Tension
If the muscles are given their regular exercises and stretching, it is less likely that they will contract. This will definitely relieve you of any muscle pain or problems.

5. Enhance Energy
Being able to move more will also give you more energy. Stretching will also help enhance your awareness, like knowing that you have a body that is capable of doing many things. As such, you are going to be more driven to move rather than sulk in the corner.

6. Reduces Cholesterol
Research also shows that doing prolonged stretching exercises, like yoga, will help reduce the cholesterol in the body. This of course must be done with a healthy diet at hand. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of the arteries, allowing you to avoid coronary diseases.

Incorporate stretching in your everyday lifestyle. It has benefits you can not say no to. It also does not require much. It can be your usual activities, bending and flexing every now and then. After all, your fitness is everything so do what it takes to keep the body healthy. Multivitamins – A Ticket to Daily Health

An increasingly number of the world’s population is now eager and interested in looking after their health and in keeping tune with their well-being. It is important to note that this awareness is progressively contributing to the creation of several health supplements to benefit both the adults and the young ones. Dietary and vitamin supplements have constantly proven their worth to health conscious individuals.

An excellent daily multivitamin supplement does not only develop your general bodily functions but also improves your mental and physical condition and well being. Occasionally specification is needed in appropriately supplementing nutrients to deal with any individual needs. An example would be in heart disease patients, they would have to take in CoQ10 in preventing the said condition. Alzheimer’s disease can be effectively prevented by a regular combination of Vitamin C and E intake.

Multivitamin supplements necessarily include all the vitamins and nutrients essential for recommended daily dosage. Multivitamin supplements may also be formulated to meet the needs of individual conditions like pregnancy and specific age brackets. It is a well settled fact that multivitamins in liquid form are more efficient than the ordinary pill forms. This is due to the fact that the body can easily absorb liquid nutrients five times more than ordinary multivitamins in tablet or capsule form.

Basically, the body needs 13 essential vitamins to function properly. In regulating the crucial performance of the body, it has to have vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, B12, and the 7 B-complex vitamins. Majority of these vitamins are obtained by our body through the food that we eat. The danger of illness or even mortality is in the deficiency of some of the essential vitamins. This is where vitamin supplementation comes in. It counteracts the illness caused by such deficiency. With this fact, it is very unlikely for someone to refuse vitamin supplementation on a daily basis. So the question now is, why is it necessary for individuals to take multivitamins when majority of our daily diet can provide us with the basic nutrients we need? It may not be compulsory, but everyone can profit from daily multivitamins.

As previously mentioned, the clear benefit of daily intake of multivitamins it to prevent vitamin/nutrient deficiency. Some personal circumstances may increase dietary needs. Pregnant women, during their first trimester, are recommended by their doctors to take multivitamins. This does not only provide the mothers with sufficient nutrition but also proper vitamins to benefit the unborn child inside their womb. Taking multivitamins everyday reduces the risk of transmitting malnutrition from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby. Other conditions such as old age, alcoholism, smoking, and exposure to excessive pollution have long-term detrimental effects to the body system which can be successfully counteracted by multivitamins.

Stress is also one risk factor which needs serious supplementation that multivitamins can provide. Especially with people who have so much to do and have a hard time in keeping up with their health needs, multivitamins are a must to keep them always on the go without any health complications in the long run. Stress formulations benefit both your mental ability and daily endurance. Aside from the mentioned benefits, daily multivitamins also minimize the risk of cancer or any cardiovascular disease.

Several people, if not all, testify to have a feeling of comfortable health in regularly taking in multivitamins. This is due to the synergistic or combined effects of the supplemental ingredients found in multivitamins. A fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin, like the Vitamin E, works to neutralize probable harmful free agents in the body. This vitamin also maintains healthy skin through protection of cell membranes, blood circulation, heart, nerves, red blood cells, and muscles. Another antioxidant is the Vitamin C which effectively fights blood cell infection and is vital in collagen formation, wound healing, and formation of bone structures, capillaries, and teeth. Vitamin is also helpful in the iron absorption from plant sources. Vitamins A, D, K and other supplemental nutrients found in multivitamins have specific functions that benefit the bodily functions.

While daily intake of multivitamins may have proven beneficial, it is not a 100% guarantee to be free of serious illness attributed to other factors. It is often a misconception that symptoms of disease may always be cured by taking multivitamins. Health experts have the better opinion of immediate medical assistance rather than resorting to multivitamins alone.Benefits of Using a Stability Ball in Your Training

If there is one equipment you should not miss in your training, it is the stability ball. The market comes up with new training tools every now and then. Yet you are not sure if they do work and if they are safe. So for one that is guaranteed to work, use the stability ball.

What Is a Stability Ball?

This is a large and inflatable ball used as an exercise equipment. Despite being air-filled, it is generally heavy-duty and capable to hold 600 to 700 pounds of weight. It is comfortable and gives good support. It perfectly suits the trainee as it easily goes with the structure of the body.

This exercise tool is also sometimes called as the physioball or the Swiss Ball.

The good thing about using the stability ball is it reduces the perception of ‘working’ in training, especially for beginners. It gives some element of ‘play’ as you get rough with the training. It adds some fun and excitement as you advance in the movements and techniques.

Another good point with the ball is that it can be used by anybody. No fitness level is required. It is very portable and light weight, easy to bring along even when traveling. It is also inexpensive compared to other exercise equipment and it could last for a very long time.

How Stability Balls Came About?

The use of the stability balls for training can be traced in rehabilitation. As early as the 1900’s, physical therapists have been using balls in addressing the neurological disorders of their patients.

Then, in the early 1960’s, Aquilino Cosani, an Italian toy maker, made the ball and sold it, known then as the ‘Gymnastik.’ Two decades after, Cosani came up with a company called Gymnic and became the major supplier of the stability ball to most rehabilitation programs and centers.

The ball then shifted from the rehabilitation to the athletic area, in the 90’s. It was used to condition the body of professional athletes. From then on, the ball became very prominent in the fitness community.

At present medical specialists and fitness professionals very much recommend the use of the stability ball by the public. It serves more than solving physical problems. It is good in preventing you from having one.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Stability Ball?

The stability ball definitely is best to improve the strength of the abs and the lower-backs. It improves as well the functional strength, balance and flexibility of the body.

1. Proper Alignment
Using the ball during training will test the body to make use of the different parts to maintain the proper balance. The dynamic movements during exercise will improve the natural motor reflexes of the body as different muscles are utilized in movement, especially the ones that are not usually used. The challenge posed by the ball is to maintain balance. As one aims to get the proper balance, the alignment of the body parts is also improved.

2. Great Abs
For people working out to achieve great abs, this ball can definitely target the abdominal areas. The abs and the back muscles are simultaneously moved as you work in your balance. Just imagine the good feeling of having a flat stomach area and you will definitely love this ball.

3. Muscle Strength and Endurance
The stability ball can help in alleviating any back pain and preventing one in the future. As all the major muscle groups are exercised, the muscle tone, strength and endurance are also improved. Thus it gives the body flexibility, stability and resistance.

4. Core Stability
This concerns the major muscles that helps stabilize and support all of the body movements. This is made up of back and the deep abdominal muscles. With the ball, no matter how ‘deep’ or ‘into the core’ these muscles are, they are still exercised. This is something only the stability ball can guarantee.

5. Stretching
The ball is a good companion during stretching exercises. With this, you can easily move into and move out of different stretching positions.

6. Losing Weight
Of course, with all the good benefits of using the ball, you will not miss out on the aspect of losing weight. With regular exercises and trainings done with the stability ball, a person can lose some unwanted pounds as the body is firmed.

Health is definitely your most important asset. So do your regular exercises and maintain a healthy diet. Furthermore, have a happy and fun training with the stability ball. Benefits of Whey Protein

In recent years, the subject of whey protein has come up often in health discussions. Know what whey protein is, its possible benefits and side effects and more as you read on.
What is Whey Protein
Whey protein is actually a term used to describe a group of globular proteins that can be separated from whey. When cow’s milk is used to manufacture cheese, it also leads to the production of whey, which may or may not be discarded. It is a mixture of lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin and serum albumin.
Similar to protein found in egg white, whey protein can also be irreversibly changed by heat. When made part of the pasteurization process, it becomes less bio-active. If not, whey protein naturally becomes bio-active which basically means it contains a high concentration of cysteine and consequently glutathione, an antioxidant that is essential to improved fitness and health.
Bio-active whey protein is an active source for protein but exposure to extreme heat can easily reduce the amount of cysteine in it without affecting its protein content and basic food value. Native whey protein
What Makes It Good for the Body
Because whey protein contains an inordinate amount of essential and non-essential acids, it frequently plays a prominent role in most low-carb and high-protein diets. Another reason for this is because of its low content of fats and of course, carbohydrates.

Why Pregnant Mothers Love Whey Protein
A number of OBs have advised their gravid patients to increase their intake of whey protein because it will provide the basic amount of amino acids needed by the growing infants inside their bodies. An increased intake of whey protein will naturally improve and speed up the development of the baby. Also, increased intake of whey protein will indirectly improve the immune system of the baby. In its growing stages, it is highly vulnerable to different types of illnesses. With the help of whey protein, it grow faster and better and more equipped to defend itself against any health complication.

Whey Protein for Bodybuilding Enthusiasts
For bodybuilders, muscle growth is everything and that’s why they love whey protein so much. Studies have satisfactorily proven that whey protein can lead to acceleration of muscle development. This is welcomed news especially for bodybuilders who are only a few weeks away from the date of competition but is still in high need of muscle growth.

How it Helps Athletes Busy Recovering from Old Injuries
In this case, whey protein saves the day once more because it can be used to supplement diets of individuals who are suffering from compromised immune systems. Basically, it helps athletes heal faster and feel better.

A Weapon against Degenerative Diseases
Although you can’t truly say that any disease is less painful than the other if both have life-altering consequences, it is an inarguable fact however that degenerative diseases are one of the worst health complications to suffer from. These illnesses tend to subject people to a protracted form of suffering and with symptoms with increasing levels of severity. They commonly affect three systems in particular: the nervous system, the muscular system and the skeletal system.

Although rarely curable, degenerative diseases can be treated through chemotherapy, surgical operations and the proper diet. Whey protein is often a part of this diet because of its rehabilitative benefits especially when it comes to muscle growth. Cancer, diabetes and AIDS have symptoms that causes muscle strength and growth to deteriorate – an undesirable effect that can be combated with increased intake of whey protein.

Where to Buy Whey Protein
Are you sufficiently convinced of the benefits of whey protein then? If so, you should be happy to know that you can avail of commercial whey protein product in most supermarkets and specialty food stores specializing in healthy food.

Ending with a Warning
Whey protein is good for the body – no doubt about it – but too much consumption of anything is never beneficial. Too much intake of whey protein can lead to unnecessary complications of your liver. And need we remind you that the liver is the next most important organ in the body? Lastly, lactose intolerant individuals must consume whey protein isolate rather than the normal variety as the former has less lactose content.

title:Benefits And Importance Of Ashtanga Namaskar - Part I
author:Sharon Hopkins
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This asana is also known as Surya Namaskar Asana or Sun Salutation Asana. It is a combination of 12 postures and each posture provides its unique benefits. The essence of this asana is salutation of the Sun god, which is power source of all the energy in this world. So in process to salute the sun god it also helps our body. This asana becomes very important due to the valuable part it plays with our lives. The composition of these poses in its own different way helps in creating a fit and fine body for you.
In a gym, a cardio would include aerobics, skipping, and running, jogging and cycling. By doing Ashtanga Namaskar you will be able to derive all the benefits you try to obtain by going to the gym. When you look at the flipside gym would turn out to be more expensive in comparison to your yoga pose.
It readily flexes your body by providing one of the greatest massages to your each and every curve in your body. In the process of internal massaging it also works out externally. Your body becomes the incubation ground for generating power source to your body. It also helps in the purification process of your body.
It becomes very beneficial to the heart and as it tones it immensely to help the cardiac muscles and arteries. Every step of this asana turns out to be one beautiful gift for your body. The synchronized way of breathing helps you to push out those toxins which are harmful for your body. The 12 poses have to be done in a specific manner. It includes a process of inhaling and exhaling which has to be followed strictly. Along with the poses you can chant some of the Mantras which may help to create synergy in your body.
The meditating mind creates awareness about the existence of the world. Your mind overflows with confidence which you be lacking for a very long time. The mind and body works together to help your soul to lighten up, which is very easily shown on your radiating face.
This exercise is not only about being physically fit but about creating an understanding about the inner chakras. It is the concentration level which helps this pose to attain its success. The particular mantra which is chanted along with the pose helps in creating that sense of concentration.
This is an elaborate asana and doing this would need lot of practice. So people who have good stamina, with no health problems like blood pressure, heart disease, hernia, intestinal tuberculosis and many other problems can do this pose. So anyone attempting the asana should consult your doctor and your yoga instructor.
title:Benefits And Importance Of Ashtanga Namaskar - Part II
author:Sharon Hopkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

As we must have learnt that this is a very elaborate pose and one article would not be able to suffice the integral issues it happens to help us deal with. The 12 poses of Ashtanga Namaskar is very crucial as each and every asana has to be done in a very specific manner which helps to create its usefulness to your body
These are the six pose we will try to know about
1. Pranamasana (prayer pose)
Normal Breathing - Om Mitraaya Namaha
Benefits: Many of your waist and skin problems would be rectified by doing this asana as it adds passion and vigor to your pose which also helps your legs. Mind achieves control due to the standing pose. It helps in developing distinct personality due to the meditation techniques. Calmness surrounds you which will grant you that level of balance within yourself.
2. Hasta Uttanasana (Arch your back)
Inhale-Om Ravaye Namaha
Benefits: This Arch back position helps in your digestion due to the toning of the abdominal organs. In the abdominal organs it tones the lungs as well as the spinal nerves. This is very good for people who are overweight as it helps in reducing that excess baggage you happen to carry everyday.
3. Pada Hastasana (Toe touch)
Exhale - Om Suryaaya Namaha
Benefits: If you are suffering from any abdominal problems this is one of the best ways to escape from it. It is a very simple solution to such a problem. It also helps you to remain flexible as it helps to tone your body because it makes your spine supple helping your back get toned properly too. Any problems with your feet and fingers are also corrected.
4. Ashwa-sanchalan-asan - (Horse pose)
Inhale -Om Bhaanve Namaha
Benefits: The process of this pose helps in stretching each and every muscle of your body which helps in the proper functioning of your body. Problems like constipation can also be resolved. As there is stretch on the neck muscles it helps with your thyroid glands.
5. Parvatasana - (Downward facing dog pose or Mountain pose)
Exhale -Om khagaaya Namaha
Benefits: This asana helps in creating a strong set of arms and shoulders. The muscles are also strengthened which in return tones the spinal nerves for a flexible back. In the modern times you will find more and more obese people interested in learning yoga. This asana is good to reduce your bulging waist line, which tends to be the main problem for many.
6. Ashtanga Namaskar - (Push-up pose)
Hold breath -Om Pooshney Namaha
Benefits: This pose is known as the salute to the sun with eight parts of your body. Your hands, legs, chest and feet work in synchronization to provide the actual benefit for your body. It helps in developing your chest muscles as it is also known as the push-up pose.
Benefits of Amino Acids - An Integral Part of Life

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Amino acids are not only absolutely integral to life, but they can have a profound impact upon how clearly we think and how well we feel.

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AMINO ACIDS are the building blocks of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity. When protein is broken down by digestion the result is 22 known amino acids.

As the building blocks of protein, amino acids are vital to health. Next to water, amino acids in the form of proteins make up the greatest portion of our body weight. They comprise tendons, muscles and ligaments; organs and glands; hair and nails; important bodily fluids, and are a necessary part of every cell in the body.

There are over 20 amino acids, separated into two categories - essential and non-essential. Essential amino acids are those that cannot be manufactured by your body, hence, it is essential that you obtain them from your diet. Non-essential amino acids can be manufactured by your body, however, your body must have the right combination of essential amino acids and supporting nutrients to optimize healthy protein maintenance, so supplementation may be desirable. Twenty amino acids are needed to build the various proteins used in the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues. Eleven of these amino acids can be made by the body itself, while the other nine (called essential amino acids) must come from the diet. The essential amino acids are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Another amino acid, histidine, is considered semi-essential because the body does not always require dietary sources of it. The nonessential amino acids are arginine, alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine. Other amino acids, such as carnitine, are used by the body in ways other than protein-building and are often used therapeutically.

Who is likely to be deficient?
Dieters, some strict vegetarian body builders, and anyone consuming an inadequate number of calories may not be consuming adequate amounts of amino acids. In these cases, the body will break down the protein in muscle tissue and use those amino acids to meet the needs of more important organs or will simply not build more muscle mass despite increasing exercise.

Amino acids are not only absolutely integral to life, but they can have a profound impact upon how clearly we think and how well we feel.

• builds cells and repairs tissue
• assists with wound healing
• increases athletic performance

Benefits of a stair lift

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Do you struggle with the stairs? Have you found the climb taking your breath away? Instead of having to live downstairs and making expensive and stressful alterations to your home have you thought about installing a stair lift?

Stair lifts have been around for years and have developed into very user friendly and positive additions to your home.

Most stair lifts are reasonable priced obviously depending on which one you require. There are so many to choose from you can take your pick and make sure you don’t exceed your budget. Think about how much it will cost to install a stair lift compared to maybe having to install a bathroom downstairs or changing one of your reception rooms into a bedroom or sometimes having to have an extension built. All very costly solutions compared to the stair lift. Why would you only want to stay on the ground floor of your home and leave your bedroom?

With so many to choose from you can get one with a design to compliment your décor so it won’t be so noticeable, also some are designed to fold away for the narrow staircase or small landings again depending on your circumstances but good storage and safely out of the way of anybody walking by.

They manufacturer seats with padding to give you a comfortable ride so you should feel like you are seating on your lounge chair.

Most of the stair lifts have moving armrests which could be an advantage when you are boarding the chair or leaving. Another comfort if turning can be a problem maybe if you suffer with arthritis or hip problems.

There is also a foot rest so your feet wont be dangling as you are moving for not only again a comfortable ride but safety as there maybe an obstruction on the stairs or you may hit you foot. The seat and footrest can be adjusted to your height as we are all different sizes and you need it to be individual for you to maximise the benefits and safety.

Most of the controls are user friendly with either buttons or a joystick. Some can have a remote control giving you access to the stair lift without actually being sat on it, giving you complete control.

The speed of the stair lift should be slow and steady again most ensure a smooth ride. The modern stair lifts are fitted with a soft start and stop so you won’t come to sudden jolt when you arrive at the top or bottom of the stairs which could cause you pain, but this not only takes that away but gives you another safety facility.

There is a lap belt again with adjustable strap so you can wear with ease and so the belt can be used correctly. Most will have safety sensors which are placed on the footrest and seat some vary as to the position but all are there to detect any obstructions on the stairs, landing and at the bottom which will stop the chair immediately and not continue until it has been cleared. This is ideal if you have small pets who like to follow you or may have a favourite place to sleep at the bottom of the stairs and sometimes not always easy to see.

Some stair lifts are attached to the wall and some to the stair trend again depends on the manufacture and which stair lift you choose. There are stair lifts available for straight, curved, spiral and even outside stair cases.

The outside stair lift can be ideal if the stairs are wet, icy or very steep and dangerous giving you peace of mind and preventing a possible fall.

Most companies can provide a quick turn around with installation and minimum disturbance as most stair lifts are designed for easy installation. Also there should be a guarantee should you have any faults or questions once installed.

Benefits of Drinking Alcohol for Diabetes Type II

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Learn how alcohol can relieve symptoms of Diabetes Type II in women.

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Diabetes Mellitus comes in two forms, Type I and Type II. Unlike Diabetes Type I, Type II Diabetes Mellitus occurs later in life. The majority of Type II Diabetics are women. Documented in medical journals, drinking alcohol can lower the risks of complications for women who have Type II Diabetes Mellitus. A light to moderate amount of alcohol and life style enhancement has the greatest positive effect and will benefit a woman's future health.

The importance of alcohol and its dangers

The mechanism of alcohol's effects, in moderate amounts of about 2 drinks a day, can decrease the insulin resistance in women with Type II diabetes. In a normal situation, the insulin acts on the peripheral cells where the glucose or sugar is waiting to enter. The insulin binds to the cell and the glucose enters. Unfortunately, in this type of diabetes, the insulin does not bind to the cell where the insulin resistance takes place and the glucose can't go inside. This results in hyperglycemia which is most toxic to the body.

Beer and wine were shown to have greater benefit than hard liquor. On the other hand, too little or too much alcohol has been implicated as risk factors for this type of diabetes. It is dangerous to consume too much alcohol as this can lead to adverse effects such as hypoglycemia, inhibition of insulin secretion, pancreatitis, increased incidence of breast cancer, ketoacidosis, cirrhosis of the liver, and most notably, addiction.

Women who have experienced menopause are at even higher risk for Type II Diabetes. They are also at risk for cardiovascular disease. Alcohol's benefits are that it can increase the level of good cholesterol such as HDL, decrease platelet aggregation, and reduce incidence of myocardial infarction.

The French Paradox

In southwestern France they have high saturated fat diet. The French workers in this study have a 36 percent lower incidence of coronary artery disease when compared to similar U.S. workers. They have a high intake of red wine with antioxidants and they have shown lower platelet aggregation and lower atherosclerosis. As stated previously, this suggests that not only is alcohol good for Diabetes but good for the heart as well.

Lifestyle Changes

Drinking alcohol is not the only way to decrease the chances of acquiring Type II Diabetes. There are many other factors that influence the development of this disease. According to the New England Journal of Medicine researchers led by Dr. Hu, overweight and obesity is the single most important predictor of diabetes. They also say that "lack of exercise, a poor diet, current smoking, and abstinence from alcohol use were all associated with a significantly increased risk of diabetes." Obese women, who choose to exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet while abstaining from smoking, can decrease their chances of acquiring diabetes by 24 percent. It is 50 percent for overweight women.

Symptoms of Diabetes Type II

If you are concerned that you are at risk for Type II Diabetes, the following symptoms are clues that a follow up by your physician is necessary: Frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger, slow-healing wounds and sores, prolonged and unexplained fatigue, numbness or tingling of extremities, and gynecological fungal infections in women.


Type II Diabetes Mellitus is a serious illness that necessitates immediate care. There are many behavioral modifications that a woman can take to relieve some of the symptoms and overall illness of diabetes. Alcohol in moderate amounts is a first step and is important to decreasing insulin resistance and even helping the heart and cardiovascular system. Diet, exercise, and cessation of smoking are likewise important. Lifestyle changes are the first step. To begin, see your physician and start a plan of action to help yourself from a potentially debilitating disease and live a healthy and satisfying life.

Benefits Of Epidural Steroid Injections

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The epidural steroid injections or ESIs are non-surgical treatment, which helps in alleviating pain of arm, low back neck and leg (sciatica) caused by botheration of the spinal nerves including spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, or disc herniation.

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The epidural steroid injections or ESIs are non-surgical treatment, which helps in alleviating pain of arm, low back neck and leg (sciatica) caused by botheration of the spinal nerves including spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, or disc herniation. The pain can be stable or irregular and its intensity level may fluctuate from a dull ache to a searing feeling.

Epidural steroid injections comprise both long-term steroid ‘cortisone’ as well as a painkiller for e.g., lidocaine, bupivacaine. An injection delivers a steroid and analgesic agent that lasts for a long time, in the irritated and swollen spine. Medications are delivered to the nerve via epidural space, the place between the protective covering of the spine and vertebrae.

Normally, the effects of epidural steroid injections are impermanent and short-lived. The epidural steroid injections may relieve pain for 1 week or up to 1 year. The main aim is to lessen pain with the intention that patients may restart their regular activities and, in some cases, carry on a physical therapy program.

Epidural steroid injections can allay indications caused by swelling and heaviness on the spinal nerves. Corticosteroids can shrink swelling and can be effectual when injected straightly into the painful part of the neck or back.

Epidural steroid injections are advantageous for those patients having pain in their neck, arm, low back, or leg. Epidural steroid injections are not for those having infection, pregnant women, or those with bleeding problems. Epidural steroid injections may raise the blood sugar level to some extent in diabetic patients, normally for less than 24 hours.

Epidural steroid injections are administered by physicians such as anesthesiologists, physiatrists (PM&R), neurologists, radiologists, and surgeons. Due to lesser risks, epidural steroid injections are the best non-surgical treatment for some patients. The possible hazards linked with insertion of needle too far are bleeding, spinal headache from a dural puncture, infection, nerve damage, and arachnoiditis.

The corticosteroid fallouts include increased body weight, water retention, and high blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. The patients already suffering from chronic infections, such as heart disease, poorly controlled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or those who cannot temporarily discontinue anti-clotting medication should confer with their medical doctor for risk estimation. Approximately 50% of patients get relief from epidural steroid injections.

Benefits of Folic Acid

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The article ‘Benefits of Folic Acid’ tells about different properties of folic acid and its importance. After reading this article, you will be able to know the disease caused due to a deficiency of folic acid in body.

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Folic acid, a water soluble B vitamin,  occurs naturally in food and can also be taken as food supplements. Naturally occurring sources of folic acid includes green leaf vegetables (spinach, turnip), poultry, pork, shellfish, peas beans, liver, cereal and citrus furies. Folic acid is one of the necessary elements required for production and maintenance of human cell.

Folic acid deficiency and diseases:

Folic acid deficiency may cause various disorders. Some of these are highlighted below.

Folic acid deficiency may cause weakness, poor growth, graying hair, inflammation of the tongue, palpitations and behavioral disorder.
Folic acid deficiency is also associated with common stomach disorders including diarrhea, mouth ulcer and peptic ulcer, loss of appetite and weight loss.
Folic acid deficiency in pregnant women may cause premature delivery, low birth weight of infants and infants with neural tube defects (NTD s).
Anemia is sometimes associated with the advance stage of folic acid deficiency.
You may need increased folic acid intake if you are anemic, have kidney or liver disease, pregnant or breast-feeding. In all such cases you should consult your doctor before taking folic acid supplements.
The maximum folic acid intake should be limited to 1000 micro grams per day or as directed by the health care provider.
Some other medications may interact with folic acid includes medicines for epilepsy, medicines for controlling blood sugar, methotrexate (medicines for treating cancer) and diuretics. If you are taking any of these medicines, you should contact your doctor.
If you are 50 years of age, you should carry out your vitamin B 12 level before taking supplemental diet of folic acid, as these are chances of interaction between B12 vitamins and folic acid.

Folic acid benefits:

Role of folic acid during pregnancy:

Neural tube defects (NTD s) is a major defect of brain and spine in babies causing damage to the brain or spine. The major NTD s include spina bifida ( spine problem) and

Anencephaly (brain problem) and up to 70% of these NTD s can be prevented by taking enough folic acid every day before conception and during pregnancy.

A woman is likely to be at higher risk to deliver a NTD s affected baby if she has a previous NTD s affected pregnancy, is diabetic, takes medicine to treat epilepsy and is of Hispanic ethnicity.

Every woman, who is likely to become pregnant, should take 400 micro grams of folic acid every day. Consuming supplemental folic acid in addition to a healthy folic acid rich diet before and during pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of having neural tube defects in babies.

Spina Bifida and Anencephaly disorders: Spina bifida is a spine disorder and part of spine at the lower end is damaged and a sack of fluid is entrapped in the baby’s back. Most children born with this spinal disorder survives full life and often has lifelong symptoms including unable to move lower part of the body, loss of bowl and bladder and fluid pressure to the brain.

Anencephaly is a brain disorder and part of the brain skull bones may not form in babies. Most of the babies having this defects die before or just after birth.

Role of folic acid and heart disease:

Low concentration of folic acid may increase the amino acid homocysteine in the blood levels and consequently increases the risk of heart disease. High level of homocysteine may damage the coronary arteries or can cause the blood clots, however there is no evidence that supplemented folic acid will reduce the risk of heart disease.

Role of folic acid and cancer:

Folic acid is one of the essential elements involved in the synthesis of DNA and its deficiency may cause defects in DNA and consequently may lead to cancer. There are enough evidence to conclude that the deficiency of folic acid is associated with the increased risk of breast, colon and pancreatic cancer, however it is not advisable to supplement folic acid for reducing the risk of such cancers.

Benefits Of Full Body Massage

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Full body massage can produce multiple benefits for your health. These benefits go far beyond an hour spent in relaxing quietly, escaping the day. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stress and tension form the root causes of many diseases and illnesses. Hence, if you able to find ways to alleviate or relieve your stress, you are preventing health problems from emerging or becoming worse.

Going for a full body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to ...

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Full body massage can produce multiple benefits for your health. These benefits go far beyond an hour spent in relaxing quietly, escaping the day. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stress and tension form the root causes of many diseases and illnesses. Hence, if you able to find ways to alleviate or relieve your stress, you are preventing health problems from emerging or becoming worse.

Going for a full body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to help you fight off tensions. Full body massage stimulates the production of endorphins that promotes relaxation and drowsiness.

When you go for full body massage, your head to your toes and feet are massaged both front and back. A variety of strokes that includes kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking and gliding are used on various parts of the body.

If you are already ill or suffering from constant fatigue or pain, then full body massage can play a big part in your treatment. A full body massage helps to improve blood circulation and blood becomes more easily transportable to the vital organs in your body. This is vital for smooth functioning of your internal body parts. In addition, when blood is supplied to areas that have been injured before, repair and renewal of cells and tissues take place more easily. Combined with conventional medicine and other therapies, repeat sessions of full body massage can do much to accelerate your recovery.

Here are a few disorders that benefit from regular full body massage:

* Depression
* Infertility
* Eating disorders
* Post-operative recovery
* Autism
* Immune-suppressed systems
* Diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Sleep disorders
* Cancer related fatigue
* Low back pain
* Spinal cord injuries

When you choose full body massage, you choose a non-invasive procedure. In addition, full massage therapy, which is relatively safe, can be a complementary treatment to other medical treatments.

Other than improved blood circulation, here are other benefits that you can expect to experience from a full body massage.

* Stimulated lymph system
* Stimulated immune system
* Relaxed muscles
* Reduced cramps
* Increased flexibility
* Reduced recovery time
* Released endorphins
* Reduced post-operative scar tissue and edema
* Reduced migraine pain
* Improved range of motion
* Reduced depression
* Shortened labor and delivery in expectant mothers

As helpful as full body massage can be, those with certain illnesses should avoid the treatment. These include phlebitis, certain cancers, certain heart conditions, certain skin problems, and contagious diseases.

To be absolutely sure, check with your doctor first if you are chronically ill. Otherwise, enjoy on a regular basis!

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The extracts of Allium sativum bulb and compound preparation possess pharmacodynamic properties. The extract of garlic was found to have a significant protective action against a fat induced increase in serum cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen and in fibrinolytic activity.
Garlic is used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant.
Anticancer Actions:
Human population studies show that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. This is partly due to garlic's ability to reduce the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Animal and test tube studies also show that garlic, and its sulfur compounds, inhibit the growth of different types of cancer-especially breast and skin tumors.
Circulatory Effects:
More than 250 publications have shown that garlic supports the cardiovascular system. It may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibit platelet stickiness (aggregation), and increase fibrinolysis-which results in a slowing of blood coagulation. It is mildly antihypertensive and has antioxidant activity.
Antimicrobial Actions:
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity' It may work against some intestinal parasites. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections. Candida albicans growth is inhibited by garlic, and garlic has shown long-term benefit for recurrent yeast infections.
High Blood Pressure:
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive track As these days garlic capsules are available with the chemist shops, the average dosage of two to three capsules a day to be given to make a dent in the blood pressure.
Digestive System Disorders:
Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. It exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all types of disorders of the digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine. The oil of garlic is absorbed into the alimentary tract and is eliminated partly through the urine.
Garlic produces a very marked effects on the intestine. It is an excellent agent as a worm expeller. It has also a soothing effect on the various forms of diarrhoea. Problems such as colitis, dysentery and many other intestinal upsets can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules One garlic capsule taken three times a day is usually sufficient to correct mild cases of diarrhoea or dysentery. For more persistent cases, upto six capsules a day can be taken. Garlic has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines without affecting the beneficial organisms which aid digestion.
Skin Disorders:
Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults, has also been healed with garlic. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots and pimple, and boils. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also, to purify the blood-steam so as to secure a long term clearance of the skin. A regular course of three garlic capsules per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly.
Whooping Cough:
Garlic is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. Syrup of garlic Should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoonful two or three times a day in this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.
Benefits Of Guided Meditation

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Guided meditation is used by many people not only to relax from a busy day but also to tune into their own bodies and minds. Since days have become more stressful, the world has become more crowded and more worldly problems have risen, many people are finding comfort, safety and bliss in a few minutes of guided meditation a day. With the help of a guiding voice, many people who are new to meditation have found it easy to achieve a much needed quiet moment during the day. Guid...

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Guided meditation is used by many people not only to relax from a busy day but also to tune into their own bodies and minds. Since days have become more stressful, the world has become more crowded and more worldly problems have risen, many people are finding comfort, safety and bliss in a few minutes of guided meditation a day. With the help of a guiding voice, many people who are new to meditation have found it easy to achieve a much needed quiet moment during the day. Guided meditation can help the user to focus his or her thoughts and block out any distractions in order to experience the pleasure of silence for a moment during the day. The voice assists the user and keeps his or her on track. Guided meditation helps people to follow the stages of meditation, allowing a person to go as deep into the process as he or she decides they would like to go.

The benefits of properly guided meditation can span from relieving migraine headaches to relaxing cramped muscles to a simple moment of pleasure, satisfaction and quiet. Over-stimulation and stress are both problems that many people deal with on a daily basis. These daily stressful situations and the exposure to too many over-stimulating activities can seem to be normal and accepted conditions that everyone takes for granted as standard. Although most people are dealing with these situations on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean that these situations do not still put stress and tension on the body and mind. There are many people who may feel stressed and hopeless about their current home or work situation. Most people think that a vacation or a break from their daily lives is the way to relive this stress. However, a retreat from basic stresses is only a temporary fix from the anxiety of many people’s lives. In order to have the ability to deal with the tensions that life can put on their body and mind, many people are turning to guided meditation to teach them how to handle their daily lives with ease, patience and a clear mind.

By creating a moment in the day to connect the mind, body and soul in a calm and hushed manner, many people are finding their stressful days don’t seem as stressful anymore. Guided meditation can help a person to realize the many options he or she has when dealing with the daily tensions of the workplace or home environment. By possessing the foundations of guided meditation, the situations that can usually seem impossible to stay calm through can now seem easy to think through and figure out.

Guided meditation is a great way to help a person just beginning the process to concentrate better and easily achieve the full benefits of a meditative moment. Guided meditation can also help advanced meditation students to hold their concentration and learn new and more developed techniques to make their minds and bodies go deeper into the meditative state.

title:Benefits of Having a Fitness Buddy
author:TC Thorn
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

It's raining outside.  Your shoes are still wet from your last walking session.  You really should just go out and exercise, but there's something good on TV.  Maybe later...
Sound familiar?
Now try this scenario: It's raining outside.  Your shoes are wet and you don't really feel like going for a walk, but your cell phone is blinking with a message from your buddy that says she's already left the house and she'll meet you at the trail.  You know you have to go, or she'll give you a hard time for ditching her.  So, you grab your soggy shoes and head off for a power walking session.  Afterwards, you feel good.  You always feel good afterwards; it's the getting started part that's hard.
That's why it's so beneficial to have someone else to exercise with on a regular basis.  There's no type of fitness regimen that can't benefit from having a fitness buddy.  If it's weightlifting, your buddy can spot you.  If it's running or biking, they can push you to go faster than you would if you were alone.  If it's climbing, she can catch you when you slip and start careening down the mountain (maybe climbing isn't the safest fitness activity).
Whatever your choice of fitness outlets, a workout buddy can not only push you harder than you would yourself, but they can actually get you out the door.  Never underestimate the power of social obligations.  Those of us who wouldn't think twice about breaking a date with ourselves cringe at the idea of breaking a date with a friend.  Especially if we have friends who are experts at giving the guilt-trip.
OK, so you're sold on the idea of a fitness buddy.  But wanting one can be easier than finding one.  Your regular friends might not be into fitness, or they're the kind of people who start something with good intentions and gradually slack off.  It's important to find someone who is as dedicated to fitness (or more dedicated) than you are.  But where to look?  Here are some ideas:
Ask a friend, or see if a friend of a friend is looking for somebody.
If you belong to a gym or health club, see if there is a bulletin board out front where you can post requests.
Join an exercise class or take some sports lessons; you might find an interested person or two.
Check fitness web sites, especially related to your interests; there may be a message board where you can look for activity partners.
Whatever route you choose, don't be afraid to initiate proceedings by starting up conversations with people or starting new threads on message boards.  You might be surprised at how many people are also looking for regular workout buddies.
Once you find a fitness buddy, don't let him or her down.  If you both show motivation and keep to a regular schedule, you'll both reap the benefits.
title:Benefits of Massage Recliners vs. a Massage Therapist
author:Wayne McDonald
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

After a long hard day at the office wouldn’t it be nice to get a massage. Unfortunately you have to first find a certified or licensed massage therapist. If you’re lucky and happen to know someone or have a regular therapist you work with, you still have to schedule an appointment. After you call and set the time you’ll have to get back into your car and drive to therapist’s office.
In today’s world most of us want instant gratification and have limited time in our hectic life. If money was no object most of us would get a massage every week, or possibly two or three times a week.
Let me pause here for a moment. It is very ironic that I would be writing an article about massage recliners because I am a certified massage therapist. As a therapist my first goal is to help the client get healthy. Sometimes I refer a client to a chiropractor or to an acupuncturist that can better serve the clients needs. The same is true about massage recliners. With new technology massage recliners have advanced beyond clunky massage rollers to high tech massagers that can emulate the human touch.
There are many health benefits from a massage from a trained therapist or a massage recliner. A trained massage therapist knows how to get the kinks out of your back and relieve the muscle tension from everyday stress. Massage recliners have superior technology and do more than rub your back. New models from Human Touch, iJoy, Panasonic and Sanyo can also massage the legs, feet, arms and shoulders.
Health Benefits of Massage
* Improves lymphatic flow. The act of massaging and kneading the muscles increases blood flow. Health benefits are better circulation and absorption of nutritional elements into the muscles and tissues. In addition, kneading the muscles helps clear out toxins out of the muscles.
* Decreases muscle tension and improves flexibility. Body tension and stress causes the muscles to tighten and shorten. Health benefits include loosening tight muscles and restoring range and flexibility.
* Massage therapy produces the ‘feel good chemical’, the same endorphins that are increased after working out at the gym. This ‘feel good chemical’ helps speed recovery, reduces pain and reduces anxiety.
Another benefit seldom discussed is clearer thinking. When you are out of body pain and the range of motion is restored to your neck, your mind can better concentrate on your everyday tasks.
Rates for a massage therapist can range from $40 to $100 depending on the therapist’s level of training and the city they are located in.  Massage recliners are not cheap and can cost thousands of dollars. But over time, a massage recliner can pay for itself and provide many health benefits. Other considerations of cost savings are other family members using the massage recliner. In addition, some massage recliners are very stylish and are a handsome addition to any home décor.
Another benefit of a massage recliner is the fact it is a recliner chair. Anybody who has ever sat in a recliner knows how comfortable it is. Even if you do not activate the features of the massage recliner, the recliner itself has health benefits. The simple act of just sitting in a comfortable chair relaxes your body and eases body tension.
It’s your choice. Buy a massage recliner or call a massage therapist. Either one that you choose will have many health benefits. To make your buying decision easy I’d suggest scheduling two or three appointments with a certified or licensed massage therapist. Then try several brands and models of massage recliners to compare results.
Copyright 2005 Wayne McDonald

Benefits of Online Gambling: Top Reasons to Gamble Online

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Here you can learn why online gambling became one of the most popular pastimes in the world within less than a decade.

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The online gambling industry is the most profitable industry on the internet. Millions of people around the world are wagering on sports online, playing online poker, bingo and even the lottery online at any of the thousands of gambling sites available on the net. Even people who have never visited a land based casino or a local bookie are finding themselves visiting online casinos and poker rooms on a regular basis.

So, what makes gambling on the internet so appealing? Yes, you can play any game of your choice without having to leave your favorite chair. Still, you will not be served free drinks; you will not be able to watch the game you have wagered on from big TV screens; you can neither see the facial expressions of your poker opponents nor to hear the sounds of the coins fall from the slot machine when you hit the big jackpot…

Here are the benefits of gambling online comparing to traditional gambling:
Diversity: how else can you jump from an online poker room to the craps table and to a bingo hall while staying seated on your most comfortable chair? Most online casinos feature a large variety of casino table games, slots and video poker machines. Moreover, in many major online gambling companies you can switch from online casino gambling to online sports wagering with the same username and account.

Bonuses: where else can you receive free money to gamble with? Most online casinos offer free money bonuses in order to entice new customers and to keep up with the competition. The bonuses can start from 10 dollars free just for downloading the casino software to a couple of thousand dollars for completing a certain required amount of raked hands

Convenience: obliviously, what can be more convenient than playing your favorite casino game in the comfort of your own home while listening to your favorite music and drinking your favorite beer? Not to mention being able to put your dealer on hold each time up you want to take a break

Smoking and Dress Codes: whether you are a smoker or a non smoker, when you are gambling online you are free from obeying the rules. Same goes for dressing, eating and drinking; you can either smoke non stop or remain in a non smoking environment; wear your sloppiest clothes or stay naked; eat, drink, talk on the phone, watch TV, whatever

Atmosphere: when you are gambling online, there are not any cocktail waitresses who will sedate you with free drinks and distract you from beating the dealer. In addition, you can set an atmosphere of your choice that can include clocks or even a source of day light

Beginner Friendly: a land based casino can be an intimidating place for the newbie gambler. The average online casino, on the other hand, is much more beginner friendly than its brick and mortar equivalent. Interactive tutorials, play money modes and the option of avoiding social embarrassment caused by misunderstanding of the rules and codes of behavior is a more pleasant welcome for the novice casino gamer or poker player

Safety: yes, gambling online is usually safer than playing in a land based casino and carrying big amounts of cash money in your pocket. Most online casinos are reliable and respectable businesses that will not risk their reputation and lose their customers base by scamming their players

In addition to the list of benefits mentioned above, online gambling offers equal opportunity for people with disabilities or those who cannot afford traveling out of their state to play in a legal land based casino.

However, reading about the benefits of online gambling makes the huge popularity of online gambling, online poker playing and online sports wagering much easier to understand.

Benefits of Taking Hoodia Gordonii

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If you are in search for effective products that can make you lose weight quickly and safely, you can found a lot of information that are made available for you on the internet. A product which is getting much attention from the media nowadays is hoodia gordonii.

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If you are in search for effective products that can make you lose weight quickly and safely, you can found a lot of information that are made available for you on the internet. A product which is getting much attention from the media nowadays is hoodia gordonii.

This product is based on the cactus-like plant that can be found in Kalahari Desert of South Africa. If you want to know if this product can provide effectiveness with your goal to lose weight, better to read on.

There is a miracle molecule in hoodia gordonii which is called p57. This p57 ingredient triggers the brain not to feel hungry and also thirty. But of course, even if you do not feel thirsty, it is recommended to drink water, about 8 glasses a day. You do not have to wait for your brain to trigger that you are thirsty before drinking water. You should know that your body needs water, so make sure to drink the appropriate amount of water each day.

It is said that even if you will jog for about 2-3 miles, you won’t feel thirsty if you have taken hoodia gordonii, since the ingredient of hoodia gordonii which is p57 will work by telling the brain not to feel hungry and thirsty but it is advisable to drink anyway.

The hoodia gordonii plant comes from the family of rare cactus-like plant that takes it maturity for about 5-7 years. This plant has bright and juicy flowers that have strong smell. This plant can be found in Kalahari Desert. The San people used to eat this plant for centuries; they remove the skin and spines and chew it especially if they need to go for long hunting.

There are plenty of hoodia plants, about 40 varieties, but hoodia gordonii is the most effective.

Hoodia gordonii is a popular appetite suppressant. Yes, you can use hoodia gordonii in order to make you lose weight effectively. But in order to get the more effective results, you have to take the right dosage, you have to follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer or company.

In order to see great effect, you have to take hoodia gordonii 30 minutes before meal and take it with a glass of water.

There are lots of benefits and advantages that you can get in taking hoodia gordonii. These benefits are:
-Hoodia gordonii will suppress your appetite as soon as you take it, and it you made sure that you take the right dosage.
-Hoodia gordonii is all natural product, so it will provide you with great results without any side effects.
-In taking hoodia gordonii it can reduce at least about 1000 calories of food from your body.
-Since hoodia gordonii can control your appetite, it is the best effective natural appetite suppressant.
-Hoodia gordonii can enhance your mood and increase your stamina, so you will feel great.
-Hodia gordonii can make you lose weight by not overeatin since it has an active molecule that signals the brain that you are full and satisfied.

Yes, if you want to lose weight, take hoodia gordonii since it has a lot of benefits and can make you lose weight naturally and safely.

Benefits Of Weight Training

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Weight training isn’t just for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone anymore. It’s really a system of exercise and health benefits that are available to everyone. If you go to a local gym and observe, you can find everyone from teenagers to great-grandmas exercising and strength training.

Weight training doesn’t mean just using barbells – it involves much more than that and is most often combined with aerobic activity during the “circuit.”

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Weight training isn’t just for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone anymore. It’s really a system of exercise and health benefits that are available to everyone. If you go to a local gym and observe, you can find everyone from teenagers to great-grandmas exercising and strength training.

Weight training doesn’t mean just using barbells – it involves much more than that and is most often combined with aerobic activity during the “circuit.”

The natural benefits of weight training include:

- Slowing down bone loss
- Making your bones stronger
- Toning and firm up your body
- Increasing your muscle strength

Most people will tell you that strength training and using weights makes them more energized and happier, along with reducing stress. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel when working out after a hard day at the office! The endorphins your body creates in response to exercise like this is very much “addictive,” and you’ll find that beyond being less-stressed, you’ll actually “crave” your workouts and look forward to them!

One of the benefits I have personally found in strength training is that it’s made my back stronger. Prior to beginning my workout, if I had to lift a lot of boxes or move heavy things, I really felt it the rest of the day, and sometimes the rest of the week. However after just a month of weight training, I found that I didn’t need to take an anti-inflammatory medication every time I moved some boxes around.

Of course, all professionals will tell you to consult a doctor before beginning your workout habit; you’ll want to make sure that there are no impediments to beginning this new part of your daily routine. Most doctors will tell you to use caution and listen to the trainers, but nearly none will eliminate exercise altogether for their patients—there are simply too many benefits from the exertion.

If you go to a chiropractor, ask him or her how strength training and weight lifting can help you and what specific exercises would benefit your back and joints. Again, s/he will probably have some specific suggestions for your body and spinal ‘issues,’ but generally, a chiropractor will tell you that strengthening back and abdominal muscles will benefit you greatly.

If you do find that you ‘overdo it’ initially, scale it back just a bit until you’re ready to move on. You can use cold and heat to minister to the aching muscle(s), and take an anti-inflammatory agent to help in the recovery. But if you do ache a bit, don’t take it as your body’s way of saying that you ‘shouldn’t workout.’ What your body is telling you is that you haven’t worked out enough and that it’s not used to the exertion!

If you plan your workout well, you will find that weight training machines can be a great part of your exercise plan and your health will improve greatly in very short order.

title:Benefits Planning
author:Peter Joseph
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It’s never too early to begin planning how health benefit plans will be designed and paid for, and what role you, as an employer, will continue to play in the process.
A culture of entitlement exists when it comes to health benefits, and it is safe to assume that costs will continue to rise. Expect increases that average about 15 percent but may go as high as 50 percent. Maintaining the status quo will not do. There needs to be a synergy between employer-sponsored plans and an employee-pay-all philosophy.
The key to finding a palatable medium between cost and benefits is early planning. There are several things you, as the employer, can do to facilitate this process.
Examine your company’s status.
Look at your bottom line, projected profitability and a projected health benefits budget. Know what you have previously spent and have to spend versus your projected cost. This will provide a better target goal for what you can offer your employees.
Conduct a mid-year assessment.
Measure your health benefits budget against your usage. Capturing your usage mid-year paints a clearer picture of what your cost might be if you stick with an existing plan and/or carrier.
Partner with your existing carrier.
Ask it to provide possible solutions as you begin to plan for your next benefits cycle. Because you already have a relationship, it will be willing and able to help you design a customized plan.
Research the marketplace.
While many things — such as consumer driven health plans, flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) — can help reduce costs, there is no silver bullet. Rates are competitive, so employers should exercise due diligence to come up with a strategy that works.
Explore a wide variety of offerings.
There are many plans you can buy into to fit your needs and pocketbook. The more choices employees have, the more customized health benefits can be. A single employee does not need the same type of coverage as a family. A healthy employee may find peace of mind with hospital-only or supplemental coverage. Some prefer higher premiums and lower or no co-payments. Others would trade a higher co-payment for a lower monthly premium. Kids-only plans are  available with some carriers.
Welcome FSAs and HSAs.
Each has its shortcomings; it can be difficult to estimate how much to set aside for health care. And while these spending accounts are gaining in popularity, they are not perfect. An upside of the FSA is portability. The downside is that unused money cannot roll over. The HSA has a rollover, but it is not portable.
Educate your employees.
Part of any strategy should continue to be employee education — notonly as it relates to the cost of care, but also how it relates to the company’s bottom line. As a stakeholder in the company, employees should be wellinformed about the impact health care has on the health of their company. Using health benefits wisely is the best way to ensure an employer can continue to offer them.
Involve your employees.
Share information through news articles and materials from your carrier. Encourage employees to participate in wellness and prevention services, including annual physicals, health risk assessments, plan of treatment compliance and medical management programs. Active involvement will positively impact your cost.
Survey your population.
Do you know how much your employees are willing to share in the cost of having health benefits? There is a school of thought that asemployees increasingly share in the cost of health insurance, health care costs will begin to stabilize.
Increasing cost-sharing can be a painful yet necessary task in responding to skyrocketing health care costs. While affordability is a key element in providing health benefits, the use and employeemanagement of those benefits is vital. Developing and implementing a health benefits contribution strategy that can work for you takes time. Today is as good a day as any to start.

Benefits That You Can Have in Using Natural Breast Enhancement Pill

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For women who are not satisfied with their breasts sizes, tend to find ways in order to enhanced it. Since larger and fuller breasts can make women feel confident about themselves.

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For women who are not satisfied with their breasts sizes, tend to find ways in order to enhanced it. Since larger and fuller breasts can make women feel confident about themselves.

For those who desire to have larger and fuller breasts, surgical breast enhancement is one of the ways to do so; this method has been popular for 20 years now. But this type of method which is surgery still has the risks that women can have.

Surgery can give lots of complications such as hardening of the breasts, loss of sensation of the nipple, infection, leak or break of implants, swelling and so on. These risks are serious and can affect your health.

With all of these risks which are not yet eliminated, more and more women fear to take such method, so they tend to look for safer option in order for them to have larger and fuller breasts.

Natural breast enhancement pills are options that you can use in order to have larger breasts. But if you prefer to use such products, you have to consult your physician about in before actually taking it.

Yes, there are heaps of natural breast enhancement pills that are being advertised on the magazines, television and internet. But of course, you do not have to simply buy one and use it without even that sure about the product.

It is recommended for those women who are in search for natural breast enhancement pills which can be an alternative for surgery; you have to look for a product that has enough herbal content in it. It is also advisable that you consult your doctor about the product that you are planning to use in order for him/her to assess it if it is effective and safe to use.

When looking for the right natural breast enhancement pills, you have to check out about the product itself. You have to know the details about the product such as the ingredients, how it works, how it is design and so on. You can have all of this information by looking for reputable company or site that can provide you with the valuable information you need.

There are masses of natural breast enhancement pills out in the market, so you have to do research in order to find the right product that can surely give you enhanced and larger breasts without side effects. So it is better to allocate some time, search the internet until you find the one that can give you great results.

It is advisable that when you finally purchase a natural breast enhancement pill that you desire to use to have enhanced and fuller breasts, you have to follow the program which was given to you by the company and manufacturer and doing so you can make sure that you will see great results and soon will have fuller and enhanced breasts.

title:Beryllium The New Asbestos?
author:Richard Wassell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It was American workers on the world's first atomic bomb who became the first industrial victims of beryllium, a rare but especially light, stable and strong metal whose toxic dust can kill those who breathe it.
Now Seafarers doing ship maintenance and have used Jasons De-rusting and de-scaling guns (also known as J-gun or Jasons pistol) raise concerns about exposure to beryllium.
Unlike other metals, beryllium does not spark and was therefore used on tanker ships containing fuel.
Beryllium can cause a long-term lung disease (berylliosis) in some people by triggering an immune (allergic) response in the body. In general, significant exposure to beryllium in a respirable form is required for any disease to occur, and symptoms may take up to 20 years to develop even after exposure has stopped.
Beryllium dust can cause fatal and untreatable lung disease, similar to asbestosis.
The symptoms of berylliosis include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, weight loss and fatigue. These symptoms are common, so that most people who have these symptoms do not have berylliosis. Occasionally, other areas of the body like the skin, eyes, mouth & nose may develop a rash following contact with dust containing beryllium.
There is no preventive or curative treatment available for berylliosis or chronic beryllium disease.
title:Best Abdominal Exercises To Get The Sexy Six Pack You Deserve
author:Rajesh Shetty
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The key to getting those sexy abdominals lies mainly on what abdominal exercises you choose to perform.
Here are the best yoga Exercises for Removing Abdominal Fat Permanently!
1) Dhanurasana-Bow Posture
1. Begin lying down on the stomach, reach back and grasp the ankles. Inhale. 2.Lifting legs, head and chest, arch the back into a bow. Retain breath, then exhale and lie flat. 3.Repeat three or four times.
More advanced:
While in the Bow position, rock back and forth, then from side to side. Slowly release and exhale.
1. Massages abdominal muscles and organs. 2.Good for gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, upset stomach, sluggish liver. 3.Reduces abdominal fat.
Not for persons suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia, or cases of thyroid or endocrine gland disorders.
2) Naukasana-Boat Posture:
Lie on the back as in Shavasana position, stretch the legs with your feet together and raise them about 10" to 12" above the ground.
Stretch the arms around the head on the ground and raise the arms along with the chest upwards after taking a deep breath, while balancing on the buttocks at the same time.
Now, let both the arms lie horizontally to the ground with fingers pointing towards the knees. The body in this position looks like a floating boat.
Breathe normally in this position and return to Shavasana position slowly after 10 to 30 seconds. Perform Naukasana at least 8 to 10 times per session.
It helps strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, neck and shoulder. It also relieves constipation.
Severe backache and hip joint disorders are contra-indication for this asana.
3) Kapalbhati:
This is one of the best abdominal exercises for removing abdominal fat.
How to do it.:
Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position.Breathe normally for about a minute. Once composed, you can begin.
First, Exercise the diaphragm by exhaling suddenly and quickly through both nostrils, producing a "puffing" sound. Don't focus on inhalation. It will be automatic and passive.
The air is exhaled completely from the lungs with a sudden, vigorous stroke while simultaneously drawing inwards the abdominal muscles.
The breath should be expelled fully. Inhaling is automatic - the abdominal muscles will relax automatically.
This abdominal exercise should be done in three rounds, each consisting of 10 strokes (for the beginner). Each round should take about a minute.
A little rest can be taken in between the rounds as convenient. Throughout the exercise, the chest should be kept still without expansion or contraction. Only the diaphragm is used for breathing and not the upper chest.
Over a month, the number of strokes per minute can be gradually increased from 10 to about 30.
Clears toxins from your body and lungs.Tones the abdominal muscles and burns fat.
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title:Best Beds and Mattresses for Back Pain
author:Saurabh Jain
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Beds and mattresses play a very important role in the keeping your back in good shape. After a day full of twists and turns, and bending and straightening, your back requires good rest. Beds and mattresses that do not support the back properly can add to the back strain, besides, affecting the quality of sleep. 
You can find a large variety of beds and mattresses on the market. Selecting the right kind is a matter of choice, but for patients of back pain, it is necessary that they follow the guidelines given below.
Selecting the Best Beds and Mattresses
It is important for people suffering from back pain to opt for beds and mattresses that support their back and not put it under additional stress or strain. Not much research has been done on the type of beds and mattresses required for patients with back pain. However, it is seen that adjustable beds suit people with back pain better. The angle of inclination can be adjusted to a position where the patient feels most comfortable. Patients suffering from degenerative spondylolisthesis do benefit from an inclined bed with support under the knees. They can tuck in enough pillows or cushions under the knees and adjust the angle of inclination to provide comfort to the painful back. The mattress should be neither too hard nor soft. A firm mattress will provide the support needed for a bad back.
Patients with an osteoarthritic spine stand to benefit from adjustable beds and mattress that are supportive. It is important for such patients to wake up with a relaxed back, since people suffering from osteoarthritic spine normally get up from bed with a very stiff spine.
Normal beds and mattresses for patients with spinal stenosis tend to deteriorate their condition further. Such people are more comfortable bending forward than keeping their back upright. As such, flat beds and mattresses are not suitable for their condition. An adjustable bed can be inclined at an angle that stimulates a forward bending position. A firm mattress will support the spinal stenosis back well.
Best Bodybuilding Supplements

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Which BSN bodybuilding supplements are best to achieve your goals?

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The days when body builders took steroids to boost their muscle mass have long gone, and those who attempt to use anabolic steroids in an attempt to get a competitive edge run a very high risk of being caught and stripped of any titles they have won – some would say that being caught is inevitable. 

So how, then, do body builders manage to build such huge muscles that seem far larger than those of other professional athletes?  Is it because they spend so long in the gym and are very dedicated?  Well, yes, body builders have to have great dedication, but they also take supplements.  These supplements are 100% legal and don’t have the nasty side effects of the old anabolic steroids, such as “roid rage”.  You will find several products that are designed to boost your body’s levels of anabolic hormones or are describes as having an “anabolic effect”.

Unlike the old illegal steroids, these bodybuilding supplements do not add any hormones into your system.  Instead, these supplements stimulate your body so it produces more of its own androgens and testosterone – the male hormones that enable bulky muscles to be laid down on the skeletal frame.  Some of these body building supplements increase energy levels as well – common ones include creatine, NOx (nitric oxide) increasers, HGH (human growth hormone), and ZMA (which is a combination of zinc and magnesium, both of which are vital in testosterone production).  These supplements are either used singly or in a “stack” or combination of several products.  Some lines of body building supplements include products that come ready “stacked” for ease of use – to see some examples of common pre-prepared stacks(complete with celebrity endorsement by a Mr Olympia champion) , follow this link.

Of course, that’s not all.  Muscles aren’t built of air.  All body builders take protein supplements and eat a very high protein diet.  When building muscle mass – and this advice works for those who want to look a bit more toned or bulk up, as well as for those who want competition-level muscle bulk – taking a high protein supplement, usually in a shake or as a bar, is essential.  This protein should be taken in combination with a small amount of glucose.  The powder type of bodybuilding supplement is particularly handy for increasing the amount of protein in the diet, which all bodybuilders do. 

Casting a glance over a discount supplier of these supplements, you can see that the protein supplements available to bodybuilders (and others) come from a range of different sources.  Dairy-sourced protein supplements are the most commonly seen, with whey a popular choice, closely followed by casein (casein, just in case you were wondering, comes from the curds in the combination enjoyed by the legendary Miss Muffett before the spider arrived: curds & whey).  Egg protein is also very popular and is suitable for those with dairy intolerance.  Egg protein is sourced either from the whole egg or from the egg white only (just as an aside, powdered egg protein is also used in tree plantations – it’s applied to young trees to deter rabbits and hares from nibbling on them).  And for vegetarians, soy protein supplements are also easy to find.

Other supplements that are commonly marketed as bodybuilding supplements but can be taken by anyone include multivitamin tablets and diet pills, especially the types of pill that increase energy levels and/or the metabolism, as this not only strips away excess fat (no point in having a really ripped torso and abs if those abs are buried beneath a spare tyre) but also supplies the extra stamina needed for the gym sessions (an hour or more) needed to build serious bulk.

title:Best Cardio Exercises
author:Gary Gresham
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The best cardio exercises are something you enjoy so you'll stick to it to get the maximum benefits.  You may be surprised at how quickly this form of physical activity becomes a habit you enjoy.
Exercise and cardiovascular fitness exercises are great for your health but the best cardio exercises get you to your ideal target heart rate as you exercise.
To test your heart rate while exercising place your thumb on the underside of your wrist to locate your pulse.  Count the heart beats for fifteen seconds and multiply that number times four. 
That number is your heart rate.  To calculate your ideal target heart rate, subtract your age from two hundred and twenty.
Everyone has their own preference of exercise, but these exercises below will get you to your ideal target heart rate and are some of the best cardio exercises.
Walking As Exercise
Walking as exercise fits well into most lifestyles and is something anyone can do at any age.  Start out walking at a medium pace and end up walking  briskly so you can get to your ideal target heart rate. 
Walk where you climb slight grades to increase resistance which will  increase your heart rate.  Not only will walking as exercise make you feel good it's one of the best cardio exercises to do with a friend. 
Bicycling Exercise
Bicycling exercise also offers no age barriers and people at almost any fitness level can enjoy it.  The benefit of bicycling exercise is it builds your strength and agility.
Like walking, to get to your ideal target heart rate, find slight grades to ride on to increase resistance.  Bicycling exercise is not only one of the best cardio exercises it's not likely that you'll ever get bored.   
Swimming Pool Workout
A swimming pool workout is ideal for a full body exercise and cardiovascular fitness.  Exercise in water is easy on the joints because the water supports you and water also provides a natural resistance.
To keep your workout balanced, swim laps using different strokes to vary the muscles you work.  A swimming pool workout is one of the best cardio exercises because it gets you to your ideal target heart rate quickly.
Elliptical Exercise
Working out on an elliptical exerciser is one of the best cardio exercises available.  Like a swimming pool workout, elliptical exercise is ideal for a full body exercise and cardiovascular fitness.
The motion of elliptical exercise feels very natural and compliments normal body movements making it feel like the workout is easier.  Elliptical exercise creates a safe workout because it reduces the harmful stress and impact on your muscles and joints.
The duration of any cardiovascular fitness exercise should be a minimum of twenty minutes and up to sixty minutes.  Test your heart rate while exercising and calculate your ideal target heart rate. 
To get to your ideal target heart rate just adjust your speed or resistance.  That way you get the highest possible benefit and the best cardio exercise possible. 

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Best exercises to Lower blood pressure

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If you once go to doctor and he discovered that you have high blood pressure, or as they name it in science "Hypertension" and this conditions keep with you for long time, so you must immediatly lower your blood pressure becouse it may lead to heart attacking or stroking. And from ways to lower your blood pressure you may have to do some exercise.

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If you once go to doctor and he discovered that you have high blood pressure, or as they name it in science "Hypertension" and this conditions keep with you for long time, so you must immediatly lower your blood pressure becouse it may lead to heart attacking or stroking. And from ways to lower your blood pressure you may have to do some exercise.

Most of studies ths days found that most aerobic excerises that keep large muscles in use for long period like "workouts brisk wallking" is good way for lowering blood pressure bt it take several a fact from the "National Institutes of Health conference" results, they found that erobic exercise reduces resting blood pressure in people who have hypertension by about 11 points of the top number and 9 points of the bottom number and. That for sure enough to lower blood pressure to normal.

Every one has his specific needs upon how high is his blood pressure so, before doing any exercise, you have to talk to your doctor, they may want to supply your program with so changes or add some type of drugs.

Some thing to take care about that any exercise in begaining lead to diverts lot of blood to muscles and that couse highering in blood pressure but that effect is temporary so dont be afraid and people who have very high blood pressure there doctor may give them some drugs before exercise for that.

So, after what you know, you may ask what us best exercise to do to lower your blood pressure? Let me tell you then.

For sure most one can help you find your best type of exercise is your doctor who know what exactly is your case, BUT no two of doctors have differant thoughts that walking is not good for all cases, all bast studies show that walking is effective in lowering blood pressure than any other type of hard aerobics exercises, but for advise take it step by step dont begain it with high distances, begain it with little and increase it from time to time and may make it daily can also try jogging, stationary or outdoor bicycling, swimming, rowing, using a stair-stepper, or low-impact aerobics, any of them can work out but you chose that due to your fitness level.

You may also chose to make exercises for upper part of body, sure its ok, you can use it in lowering your blood pressure, but take care of that any hard exercises may lead to highering blood pressure to dangrous level like lift heavy weights.

At last what i want to say that after chose type of exercise according to your interest, you and your doctor must arrange the exercise programs and schedule to be effective and safe. At above of all you'll feel healthy and good shape during exercise time that take months to lower to the blood pressure you want.

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When you realize that your health is in danger because of smoking or that your budget is very much affected by this or you were just struck by the idea of giving up this vice you are very fortunate to know that there are a lot of ways to quit smoking.

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When you have finally come to see that your smoking habit has caused damage to your health, and wallet, and general well being, and you have decided that you would like to quit it is good to know that there are a lot of ways to quit smoking.

Quitting smoking depends on many things. It can be fast, or slow, but one thing for sure is that quitting rely on your determination, as well as the help of others. Whatever method you try, you should be mentally prepared for the difficult period that follows your last cigarette. This difficult period is caused when the nicotine your body is addicted to is withdrawn from your body. Withdrawals occur when your body reacts to the lack of nicotine that it has become reliant on.

The sudden impulse to give up smoking is known under the name of "cold turkey" and it is the result of a personal choice. Among the gradual ways to quit smoking may be enumerated the nicotine replacement therapy, the individual or group therapy, some modern and non-medical methods such as acupuncture, kabala practices and others but also physical exercises.

It is incorrect to say that you are addicted to smoking because in fact you are addicted to nicotine and to the idea of a routine. The moment you try to provide the required quantity of nicotine to which your body was used while you were a smoker all you have to do in rest is to keep your hands busy and to work on your psyche. This way you'll certainly quit this vice.

Acupuncture, hypnosis, laser therapy are some modern methods that come in the help of those who want to quit smoking. Due to the fact that they are rather modern tools their efficiency for a one hundred percent success has not been completely demonstrated.

The first step towards a successful decision to give up smoking is to find a strong motivation. This must be sought in your own person, inside you. Nobody can convince you that you should quit your vice if you are not really determined that you actually want to do this. And also it depends on you which of the ways to quit smoking best suits you, if you think that you are able to do it on your own or to ask for assistance. If you want to choose the latter variant you have several alternatives.

For best results font give up. If one way doesn't work for you, try another. Everyone is different, and so are the methods of smoking. What works well with one person wont necessarily work well with another.

title:Best Plastic Surgeons
author:Hugo Gallegos
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Best Plastic Surgeons
Doctors are salespeople too.  With many plastic surgeons riding the bandwagon in the booming plastic surgery industry offering-an array of different surgical procedures-it’s up to patients to find the best plastic surgeon to assist them with their medical needs.
Who can I trust to find me a best plastic surgeon?
Yourself!  knowledge is power only when you use it.  The more information you know about your surgeon and surgery, the more likely your chances of having a successful operation.  If a company claims to have the best plastic surgeons “database,” find out everything you can about the company.  Does the company specialize in researching only the best doctors?  Remember, there are many web sites: anyone can have a doctor database.  The question is, do doctors pay to be listed in their database?  Do they actually research every single doctor?  Is the company a credible source?
Where are the best plastic surgeons located?
Nowadays, you find them in the smallest to the biggest cities.  The five most popular states where plastic surgeons practice are Florida, New York, California, Texas, and Illinois.   
What should I look for when shopping for a plastic surgeon?
Tips on what to look for when shopping for a plastic surgeon?

Always make sure the surgeon is an MD who is a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Find out if the surgeon is fellowship trained in plastic surgery or in a field relevant to their current specialty.
Spas and Salons are spreading like wild fire…use caution and research your plastic surgeon thoroughly.
Go to Google and type the plastic surgeon’s name.  Search for surgeons that pioneered a surgical procedure, wrote publications, taught Med students, etc.  Often times, this information is displayed online. 
How many years of practice does the plastic surgeon have under their belt?

How do I select the best plastic surgeon for me?
Many services and even magazines often times list the best doctors according to surveys conducted.  Their surveys are usually based on doctors who are voted by their peers.  Though it’s a good starting point, it’s only one component in finding the best plastic surgeons.  Here’s why:

Surgeons are extremely busy and rarely participate in these types of surveys, so results are limited.
Surgeons can nominate their buddies and ask them to return the favor, to attract new clientele.
Some surgeons are asked to nominate one of their peers in a certain area only.

What are the 4 Critical Components in finding the best plastic surgeons?

Education – They earned a degree from an accredited medical school.
Experience – How many cosmetic surgeries have they performed?
Recognition – Are they well recognized among their peers, patients, and medical societies, and/or involved in their communities?
Training – Does their residency and/or if fellowship focus on plastic surgery?

Bottom line:
When having plastic surgery you will be looking at your surgeons work for the rest of your life.  Doing a little homework could be a wisely investment.
title:Best Shower Filter For Good Health And Skin
author:Vivek Sharma
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you 100% sure that having a shower marks complete cleanliness and protection of your body from germs and bacteria. Currently shower filters are gaining the importance and have shown their prominence as they protect your body from various diseases and skin related problems. But what should be kept in mind is that you choose the best shower filter available in town. According the experts, our body soaks in the chlorine and the other infected chemicals through the pores during the bath and best shower filters always reduces these chances. Best shower filter is the most trusted modus operandi to eliminate the chlorine and germs from the water and make sure that you are having clean water to bath with. The best shower filter eliminates almost 90% of chlorine from the water, thus having the shower filter equipped in your house is becoming a necessity now.
In a recent survey it was revealed that the best shower filter avoids the emergence of various diseases like cancer and lung diseases. They also keep your hair nutrients intact and give you the glooming and soft hairs. It has been seen that only best shower filter work accordingly to the weather and climate. This means the shower filter reduces the chlorine content in the water and make sure your skin never cracks. Choosing the best shower filter is the toughest task to perform as the market is flooded with wide variety of shower filters having varied features. It has been noticed that many shower filters fail to remove various other chemicals mixed in the water such as lead, iron and many more to name. But the best shower filter completely eliminates all of them with an ease and provide you with the clean water to bath with.
Many experts feel that the best shower filter is the boon in disguise for the asthmatic. As it filters the harmful and poisonous substance from the water and make sure that their lungs get enough of oxygen even though their bathing. The main USP of the best shower filter is that despite having array of benefits and features still they are easily affordable as they are available at a very competitive price range. Internet is the most suitable place to buy the best shower filter prevailing in the market as majority of the shower filter producing companies have listed their products online.
This gives you the wide choice of shower filters available in the market and makes you choose the best shower filter for your home.
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Best top rated handheld shower head

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Handheld shower head filter is very easy to install and its cartridge works from 6 to nine months that too depending upon the water quality.

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Major technological advancements can be witnessed in the shower filters as now they are more powerful, soothing and beneficial. Now, people are in hunt to own best shower filter for their house so that they can safeguard their health and also can enjoy the soaking shower. But it is handheld shower head filter which is heading the list as they are handy to use and also better in comparison to others. Handheld shower head filter is the most flexible shower filter which is attached with array of features and benefits.

They are known to be popular among the women as they love to spend long hours in shower and same goes with the children too. Despite being handy and portable still they are very powerful and easy to use. Handheld shower head filter is powerful enough to eradicate chlorine from the water along with the bad odor. They eliminate the chlorine to almost 98.9% of chlorine and rust from the water. Maximum handheld shower head filters can be increased to the height of 10 inches for further convenience.

Their main USP is that they are very known to be very versatile in stationary handheld positions. Being handy and portable they are highly adjustable and can be used in any position. They are known to be very popular as they thoroughly cleanse the body with chlorine free water. They are also fitted with powerful filter which not only eradicates the chlorine but also removes the bad odor from the water. Their light weight and smooth finishing makes them stand tall among the group.

Handheld shower head filter is very easy to install and its cartridge works from 6 to nine months that too depending upon the water quality. They also have inbuilt sensors which alert you when to change the cartridge.

Now, many handheld shower head filters are equipped with pH balancers which prove to be very beneficial. They have certainly become the necessity of every household as now everyone is growing health conscious day by day. This has led to the increase in the production of handheld shower head filters and simultaneously the boost in sales can also be noticed. Thus, for enjoying the clean, safe and soothing shower and that too without hassle then simply go in for handheld shower head filter.

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Best Ways To Burn Fat

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The best ways to burn fat will be different for each unique individual, as we all have different metabolisms, and different physical characteristics.

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The best ways to burn fat will be different for each unique individual, as we all have different metabolisms, and different physical characteristics. Nevertheless, there are some common principles which can be applied to anyone, and it these that we shall concentrate on here. The methods given here are tested over time, and among the best ways to burn fat.

Method 1
The most obvious form of exercise you can perform is still one of the best ways to burn fat, and that is simple running. This running can be done indoors on a treadmill, but you will probably burn more calories by getting outside. If you do your running in the countryside, across country and often on hilly terrain, you will be working your body hard, and in a healthy environment.

Method 2
There is no doubt that skipping is one of the best ways to burn fat, if not the best. Successive generations of boxers have incorporated skipping into their daily schedule, and these are people who can afford to be at anything below peak fitness. If you practice skipping for twenty minutes, you will probably find it the hardest 20 minutes of your training career!

Method 3
One of the best ways to burn fat is to know what you are setting out to do All physical exercise takes effort and determination, and you are far more likely to succeed if you can know what you have to do to reach your target. On average you need to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat. There is also a formula which says if you multiply your weight in pounds by 13, you will find out the number of calories it will take for you to stay at your current weight. If you play around with the numbers a little, you can get an idea of how many calories you need to be taking in each day to lose the fat you want to lose. From these formulae, you can work out a reasonable plan for burning fat and losing weight.

Method 4
The best ways to burn fat will always be ways you are likely to stick with, so if you are keen on intense sport, take advantage of this. Even if you only perform the activity in short bursts, you will still be burning calories. There is a lot of running and exertion involved in virtually any sport, and most have practice drills which you can perform alone. Doing something which gives you a challenge, and which you find satisfying, will give you the drive to push through the bad times and carry on.

These four methods are the best ways to burn fat.

Best Ways To Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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If you want to stay fit and healthy, you should keep an eye on your cholesterol intake. There are natural ways of lowering cholesterol if it is out of control. The first natural way is by taking your diet seriously. There are also dietary supplements that will help you lower your cholesterol. For diets high in saturated fats, eating more fiber rich foods may help decrease your cholesterol level.

This is a great place to start in getting your body healthy and in shape. The ...


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If you want to stay fit and healthy, you should keep an eye on your cholesterol intake. There are natural ways of lowering cholesterol if it is out of control. The first natural way is by taking your diet seriously. There are also dietary supplements that will help you lower your cholesterol. For diets high in saturated fats, eating more fiber rich foods may help decrease your cholesterol level.

This is a great place to start in getting your body healthy and in shape. The natural ways of lowering cholesterol are easy to maintain as long as you are patient and willing to follow a few rules.

Eat more vegetables and vegetable oils. Increase your intake of plant sterols in your body through yogurts, fortified margarines, salad dressings, cream cheese. This will also increase your phytostanols. Plant sterols are also available in supplement form. Although not hard to find, they can be a little pricey, but ultimately an easy, effective, and convenient natural way to lower cholesterol.

Lestrin is also a plant sterol available in supplements which is made available in pharmacies, stores, independent chemists and health food stores. People have claimed that garlic and nuts have no effect in lowering cholesterol, but there is also a percentage that proves they help reduce cholesterol in our body.

Low in saturated fats, nuts, especially walnuts are particularly helpful for reducing cholesterol more than expected. This may be a high-fat food, but it is rich in monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Scientists have shown that these supplements contain plant proteins which affect cholesterol levels.

Omega 3 fatty acids help lower your cholesterol easily. Fish oil supplements are suitable and effective to increase the good cholesterol especially stable fish oil. This does a better job than the ordinary fish oil we find in the market.

Red yeast rice is known to be the most effective way to fight LDL. This is considered the best dietary agent of it all. Red yeast rice is available in the form of cholestin which is a dietary supplement. In recent studies, it has been proven that cholestin has lowered cholesterol effectively as statins. This is so because cholestin contains an amount of natural statin which helps prevent the increase in cholesterol.

Fresh fish is the best delicacy for the summer season and the best thing is that it can help in lowering cholesterol magnificently.

If you are suffering from high cholesterol, you should first consult your primary care physician before making any changes in your diet.

Best Ways to Shop for Cheap Medicine Online

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To avoid becoming victims of hoax or rogue online pharmacies, consumers should be careful in choosing which websites to order or purchase medications from. In line with this, the author of this article provides a list of the best ways to shop for cheap medicine online.

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Are you among the millions of individuals who are far too busy to go out and purchase prescription medications at local drugstores? If you are, then online pharmacies are the top option for you to get your prescription refilled.

As you search the Internet for online pharmacies, you will get a comprehensive list of Internet drugstores that distribute medications or drugs to millions of consumers everyday. These websites are basically developed to  make medication distribution easier and faster. Apart from the convenience that online pharmacies provide, these sites are also the perfect places to look for cheap yet quality brands of prescription drugs or medications.

However, there are also some issues involved in purchasing or ordering medications via the Internet. Despite the benefits one can get from these service sites, there are safety and security issues that consumers should know before they try to avail of the services that these websites offer.

According to recent statistics, almost half of the total number of online pharmacies established on the Internet today are not licensed or registered to dispense medications or drugs to consumers. With this, thousands of people worldwide are becoming victims of fraudulent online pharmacies, for they have unfortunately chosen to order or purchase their prescription medications from rogue Internet drugstores.

To avoid acquiring health complications and experiencing financial issues, online consumers should definitely become wary and choosy in deciding which sites to trust. First-timers at utilizing the featured services of Internet pharmacies are usually the victims of the hoax websites that proliferate the world wide web.                         

Below are the best ways to shop for cheap medicine online:

   1. Make sure that the online pharmacy posts a complete address and telephone number.

      If a particular website does not have a mailing address and an existing telephone number, it is best not to consider that website anymore, for there is a big chance that it is a hoax or a fake website. If ever problems occur, consumers will surely find it difficult to contact the sites that they purchase medications from if there are no contact details to rely on.

   2. Make sure that the online pharmacy requires prescriptions from consumers.

      One of the best ways to detect if a website is operating illegally is if it does not require prescriptions from the clients. These sites only ask consumers to fill up or answer questionnaires that will serve as basis for their recommended medications. This method is considered illegal as a questionnaire cannot replace a prescription when it comes to dispensing medications as treatments to health conditions.

   3. Make sure that the online pharmacy has authorization to operate or is approved by concerned international groups that regulate online pharmaceutical services. 

      In order to get the most out of buying cheap medicine online, consumers should only choose Internet pharmacies that are authorized or approved by concerned international groups or programs that are meant to regulate the service and the establishment of online pharmacies. There are also websites that contain a list of the registered or authorized online pharmacies that can be used as references by consumers.

Best Way To Buy Anabolic Steroids Online

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You must have a healthy chat on anabolic steroids, before you buy steroids online. It really helps you know a great deal about anabolic steroids. It also facilitates you to buy real anabolic steroids online. It is probably one of the most commonly used techniques to buy real anabolic steroids online. Definitely, it’s the best way to buy real anabolic steroids online.

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You must have a healthy chat on anabolic steroids, before you buy steroids online. It really helps you know a great deal about anabolic steroids. It also facilitates you to buy real anabolic steroids online. It is probably one of the most commonly used techniques to buy real anabolic steroids online. Definitely, it’s the best way to buy real anabolic steroids online.

As you know, there are mickles of anabolic steroids available online. There are numerous online stores selling a very wider variety of anabolic steroids online. Thus, it becomes rather difficult to buy real anabolic steroids online. Still, it’s not impossible to find and buy real anabolic steroids online. The best way to buy your anabolic steroids online is to meet and talk maximum number of steroid users online.

Certainly, you can come across a number of experienced users of anabolic steroids online. You can visit various steroid forums to have a nice chat with a number of anabolic steroid users. If you are newbie, you can definitely ask the experienced users about the best anabolic steroids for you. The experienced users can recommend you some really nice anabolic steroids for your purpose.

If you are already in business, you can share your personal experiences on the steroid forums. You can also know the experiences of the other users of anabolic steroids. If you have any problems, you can share your problems with some of the experienced users of anabolic steroids.

If you are online first time to buy anabolic steroids, you can ask some of the experienced online steroid buyers, where you should buy your anabolic steroids. The experienced online steroid buyers can really recommend you some of the best sites to buy your anabolic steroids online.

Actually, there’s no dearth of fraudulent sites online. Many steroid selling sites are fraudulent sites. They either don’t deliver you your products at all, or they deliver you fake anabolic steroids that can be really really dangerous for your health. Thus, the experienced steroid users can caution you about such sites, and this will really help you staying way from such sites. You should better talk more openly and frankly with the people you across on steroid forums.

title:Beta-Glucan Information
author:Jeremy Maddock
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Beta Glucan is an extremely potent, immune activating substance taken from the cellular walls of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast). The extraction is so pure that consumption of Beta-Glucan is harmless, unlike consuming large amounts of yeast. So, even if you have yeast related problems, including overgrowths and infections, Beta-Glucan is a perfectly safe immune supplement to take.
In the late 1980s, Dr. Joyce Czop of Harvard University describes how cells known as macrophage, which are the front line defense of the immune system, contain a special receptor for yeast in Beta-Glucan. In addition to recognizing and eliminating tumor cells throughout the body, macrophage cells also produce several essential cytokines that help to fortify the immune system's natural defences against infections and viruses. The more activated macrophage cells there are in the body, the better the immune response, thus the medical community has a great ongoing interest in Beta Glucan.
According to an article by Donald J. Carrow, M.D., in a 1996 Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, "There is now evidence to show that Beta-Glucan is, from an evolutionary point of view, the most widely and most commonly observed macrophage activator in nature."
Dr. Carrow has said that Beta-Glucan is an excellent supplementation option for people who have impaired immunity from any cause, including chronic fatigue, recurring stress, fibromyalgia, persistent viruses, or even environmental pollutants. Beta-Glucan is generally accepted as safe, has no known toxicity or side effects, and was approved by the FDA in 1998.
In addition to its immune boosting qualities, Beta Glucan has been shown to lower cholesterol by as much as 20%. If you are looking for a long-term health-enhancing supplement, Beta Glucan definitely has the potential to be an excellent choice.
title:Beta-Glucan May Prevent Anthrax When Taken Orally
author:Jeremy Maddock
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In a 2002 study, a group of researchers used oral Beta Glucan to treat mice infected with Bacillus Anthracites. With the high incidence of anthrax vaccine complications, an alternative preventative approach is sorely needed to deal with this frightening disease. Non specific immune stimulation methods, such as macrophage activation would be an excellent option.
The way that anthrax works is by secreting two toxins: edema toxin and lethal toxin. The first of these stimulates an outpouring of fluid into the lungs, while the latter inhibits nuetrophil phagocytosis and triggers destructive intracellular reactions, destroying macrophage cells. This is especially threatening because of the fact that the lethal toxin prevents the macrophages from releasing their immune messengers, including TNF-alpha.
The study in question showed that orally administered Beta Glucan greatly stimulates the levels of TNF-alph released from the macrophage, which overcomes the inhibition caused by the anthrax lethal toxin. Because of this, the mice that were treated with Beta Glucan experienced a significantly higher survival rate.
Beta Glucan was also shown to stimulate the effectiveness of neutrophils. In fact, one study indicated that the efficiency of neutrophils was increased as much as 50-fold by this powerful supplement, allowing for much faster and more precise immune reactions.
Better Chances for Recovery

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What are the ways to get a better chance on recovery from depression? Do we simply rely on the best medical practitioners around or do we rely on the medication itself?

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Doctors, during their years of studying and practice, are taught almost everything they need to know about their field. However, no matter how expert medical practitioners may be, they still cannot make certain the future outcomes of their treatments. The highest that they can do is make predictions of the possible developments of their patients' conditions. They make a prognosis of their patient's case based on positive and negative factors. A prognosis is an estimation of the extent of development that a patient will achieve. 

Take for example the case of people with depression. They are usually prescribed with medications like Prozac, Fluoxetine, or Effexor. However, medications are usually not enough for a long-term, successful recovery of patients with this condition. Usually, doctors advice their patients to undergo psychotherapy sessions to support the positive effects of the medication and further improve the patient's condition for a long-term basis.

Some individuals believe that medications and psychotherapy should be taken or undergone separately. This means that treatments for depression are either-or situations. This particular belief may simply stem from reasons such as financial limitations or personal preferences. However, most medical professionals will suggest that a combined treatment of medications and therapy will result to more stable and long-term outcomes. When a doctor's suggestion and a patient's financial situation or personal opinion does not agree, this usually poses a limitation on the patient's condition. This is not to say that doctors are always right about their suggestions, which is why it is also usually necessary to obtain secondary opinions from other medical experts. However, most suggestions made by physicians are based on their evaluation of how their patient's conditions can be best improved or treated. They usually set goals for their patients which, by the way, should always be discussed, planned, and set with the consent of the patient himself/herself.

One possible reason why doctors prefer simultaneous treatment administration of medications and psychotherapy is because medications alone, when used as treatment for depression, have a high tendency of relapse or recurrence of depression upon its termination. Some studies indicate that regression of previously treated patients back to their depressed situations are prevented and their chances of relapsing are lessened when they undergo psychotherapy sessions together with or after their use of anti-depressant medications. Also, the risk of committing suicides among the population suffering from depression is managed better by psychotherapy. Lastly, through undergoing therapy sessions, individuals with depression learn how to deal with stress, disappointments, loss, and other psychosocial issues that usually trigger or worsen their condition.

Thus, even if doctors cannot assure a patient's full and successful recovery after treatment, they are still able to plan out certain treatment strategies to increase the patient's chances of achieving this goal. Sometimes, medications like Prozac in the case of individuals with depression may not suffice alone. Supporting treatment approaches and strategies are, therefore, incorporated in the plan to make the patient's prognosis better. The only disadvantages in this situation are the patient's financial limitations as well as some of their personal preferences.

title:Better Than Botox is there a Safer Substitute?
author:Kamau Austin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Rejuvinol Product Purported to have Great Anti-wrinkle Promise. 
Women since time immemorial have always looked for ways to enhance and prolong their beauty.  This of course becomes more difficult as they age.   As women are living longer more productive lives, it is understandable that they want any advantage to put their best face forward.
Exuding confidence and success for today's women seems to also include looking one's best .  This interest in radiating ageless beauty has given birth to a burgeoning beauty industry focusing on ways to ease the effects of aging skin.
But at what cost is the yearning for the timeless beauty? I once heard my mother tell us "that achieving beauty was painful."  But are today's women enduring a range of procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels, and Botox far beyond the bounds of their predecessors?
Botox has become all the rage because of its ability to smooth out some wrinkles.  Nevertheless, Botox has recently come under question because of concerns about its toxicity.  Furthermore, many women don't want to undertake the injections necessary in Botox treatments. 
Moreover, havoc and health problems are being widely reported in the media recently in association with Botox. A get deal of concern is focused on Botox treatments in the hands of unqualified, unscrupulous, and misleading professionals.
"New Topical Treatment with Anti-wrinkle Benefits Emerges without the Controversial Side Effects of Botox Treatments"
Is there a safer way to have a more youthful facial appearance without risky face lift surgery, chemical peels or Botox Injections?  Some women are sharing their success and positive experiences with a topical treatment featuring high quality anti-aging ingredients known as Rejuvinol.
What is Rejuvinol?
Rejuvinol is an anti-wrinkle cream with premium products developed by a company known as Optimal Therapeutics.  The ingredients of Rejuvinol are widely purported to have significant wrinkle smoothing and anti-aging effects.  From reports that I have read Rejuvinol utilizes a morning and evening treatment to insure optimal results.
For instance many leading doctors open to natural herbal supplements suggest that products like green tea, ginseng derivatives and sun screens may be very beneficial with anti-aging properties.  Upon checking the ingredients of Rejuvinol I noticed these products were present.
Perhaps even more significant is the widely noted active ingredient in Rejuvinol known as Argireline.  Argireline is reported as having properties resistant to the process of skin wrinkling -- especially on the face.
Is Rejuvinol the Answer for Safe Anti-wrinkle Facial Smoothing?
For some like Andrea M. a 37 year old triathelete, living in South Florida, Rejuvinol is a welcome alternative to Botox. She claims "Even though I religiously slather myself with SPF 30 prior to heading outdoors, I still manage to get obvious sun damage, especially the lines around my mouth and eyes. Since I started using the Rejuvinol System three months ago I am astonished to say that the lines have been diminished by at least 60%. I am ecstatic with Rejuvinol."
With all the controversy, costs, safety issues, and anxiety associated with cosmetic surgery, skin peels, or Botox a product like Rejuvinol is an alternative women should consider.  Imagine women being able to get the wrinkle smoothing benefits of Botox without all the associated risks.  More information on Rejuvinol can be found at Amazon or
title:Bet You Didn’t Know . . . All Waters Are Not Created Equal
author:K.C. Craichy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Water fortifies our systems and our cells. Without it, we couldn't survive. And it has been linked to many health benefits, from removing toxins from the system to improving brain function. Those 8 to 12 glasses of water a day are certainly critical . . . but if the water we drink isn't "clean," we're not doing our bodies much good.
Contaminants, from chlorine to aluminum, in our tap water supply have caused many consumers to abandon their taps for bottled water. But bottled waters have their own hazards. The acidic pH in many plastic bottled waters causes the plastic to leach into the water, particularly if the bottles have been sitting in a warehouse for a long time. 
It's important to drink waters that have a pH of 7.0 and higher, and preferably housed in glass bottles or safer plastics such as PET or PETE. Here are some excellent spring and artesian water choices: Mountain Valley Spring Water, VOSS Artesian Water, Fiji Natural Artesian Spring Water, Trinity Spring Water.
If you continue to use tap water as your primary water source, consider investing in a home water filtering unit such as The Wellness Filter  or The Ionizer Plus At the very least, invest in a carbon pitcher filter system such as Brita or PUR, which filter out many impurities.
Also, be careful of distilled water. Although some people will use distilled water as a detoxifier when they are fasting, it should be kept to a minimum. Distilled water has no mineral or nutritional content and long-term use can cause a rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chloride).
Super Health Hydration Tip: Most other fluids don't "count" towards your water goal. Soft drinks, coffee, alcohol . . . these diuretics are dehydrators that actually deplete the body of essential minerals and vitamins and compromise the gains you get from drinking clean water. Your 8 to 12 glasses should be "net" glasses of water per day.
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title:Beware of Acne Cyst! Take the Precautions Necessary:
author:Michael Sanford
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

People are exposed in many elements outside and inside their homes. In a world today wherein pollution is abundant, many things arises specially the skin problems. The unhealthy habits usually cause problems in skin. Skin is the largest organ in the body and serve as the protective layer of the system that is why it is a responsibility of each and everyone to take good care of their skin since the skin is one of the first factor that affects your image.
During the puberty stages, the common skin problem that occurs is the cyst acne that is usually found on a person's face, some cases of shoulder, chest and back cyst acne. In this stage of every individual, the sex hormone which is the testosterone triggers the sebaceous glands. The clogged pores that contain sebum-secreting sebaceous is threatening. The sebaceous glands contain sebum which is the substance that makes the skin oily and greasy. With this, skin cyst blemishes and pimples sprout and considered as one of the major factor why acne appears. It is a fact that acne cyst can cause emotional problems but it is important that you know that there’s worst from that and that is the development of cyst. Clogged pores that swell with sebum can rupture and spread to adjacent areas causing local infections, consisting of pimples and zits. These blemishes can then enlarge to form cysts
Acne cyst doesn’t appears to teenagers only but also to adults. The adult acne cyst gives bad complexion that may cause you to lessen your confidence to face people. Based on researches and studies, the severe pimples can cause severe cyst acne. Open and closed comedones, pus pockets and rose red areas of the skin are the common symptoms of cyst. It is abundant on face, back and chest.
Cyst is acne that can be easily identified because of its symptoms. So if you see simple sign of acne you should take the necessary precautions to treat it and don’t let it develop into cyst. Prevention is always better than cure. Have your hygienic habit as always. It will help you a lot if you wash your skin few times a day in order to get rid of excess oil buildup. Doing this will keep your skin clean and will prevent clog pore and cyst. Always think that the habit of picking at your blemishes may lead to cyst. Of course you don’t want that to happen that is why refrain from doing that to avoid getting the worst problem. It is true that cyst sometimes leads to cancer.
In every problem, there is always a solution. For you to prevent having cyst cause by acne, you should take the things needed. There are the presences of the cyst medication. It is a practical idea if you take the natural remedies to your problem. There are different treatments, both prescription and over-the-counter, that can be used in your cyst treatment. There are also cyst medications which is non-prescript remedies. Drugs stores usually have these remedies in the form of ointment, lotions and treated pads that you can apply to your face and body.
But the healthy type of the medication is always with the help of a dermatologist. With their professional skill, you are able to determine the type of treatment you need. Research and talking with your dermatologist will help you a lot. Together, the two of you can find the perfect solution for your cyst condition. The sooner you find your ideal treatment, the sooner the threat of acne can be eliminated. Don’t worsen your situation by having medications that is not advised or permitted. Always ask the professional help of the dermatologist.
Beware of False Positives and Fake Generics

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Internet technology and the idea of the placebo are now being used to form a dangerous scam involving selling fake medication over the Internet. The global economy being what it is, most people would rather take cheap generic drugs when possible, which is easy to find over the Internet. What they don't realize is that not all Internet-based pharmacies are selling legitimate drugs.

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Economics plays a central role in shaping people’s views, preferences, choices, and decisions. It can even be said that the concepts of trade and money has already taken root in the collective human psyche. Even something as precious and critical as a person's health often has to bend against the whirlwind of economic concerns. For a vast majority of the population, the existence of cheap generic drugs as substitutes for their more expensive branded counterparts saves both their health and their pockets. The fact that the generic and branded variants differ only in name has made a number of people more willing to go for cheap generic drugs. However, consumers should be aware that low prices can sometimes be a sign of a well-designed scam. Recently, there has been a small wave of cheap generic drugs being sold on the Internet that are nothing more than elaborately packaged sugar pills.

It is true that genuine generics are the same as their branded counterparts. When it comes down to it, both of them work using the same active ingredient and treat the same problems. However, the problem lies in the possibility of getting fake drugs delivered to your doorstep. The medical community has been using placebos for a long time now, usually for research or testing purposes, but also to placate the many medical woes of the occasional hypochondriac. Yet, when cheap generic drugs are actually little more than sugar pills, that invites more trouble than most people would believe. Unfortunately, these situations have become more common than the average consumer should be comfortable with. What's worse is that this particular scam is slowly starting to spread.

Just recently, French authorities seized a shipment of fake, generic anti-impotence pills. The shipment was noted by captured smugglers to be a small one, yet it had an estimated total of 224,000 pills. These drugs often make their way into a person's medicine cabinet by being sold over the Internet, where it is exceedingly easy to sell stuff like this and manage to get away clean as a whistle. Prior to that, Spanish authorities reportedly busted an illegal syndicate that was selling tampered birth control medication. There have been many more incidents of this variety, which don't even take into account the cheap, but theoretically less effective, drugs that are being exported en masse by a number of Chinese pharmaceutical companies.

While there have been no reports of these fake medications being purchased from a real pharmacy or drug store, they are known to be prevalent over the Internet. There are ways to tell if an online pharmacy is legitimate, such as looking for signs or seals that note verification from trusted business authorities. Another sign that a pharmacy is legitimate would be the contact information. By all rights, a legitimate company is required by most countries to put up a mailing address, an e-mail address, and a contact number for their customers. The presence of such information is no guarantee that a website is legitimate, but it can help in verifying a site's authenticity. The rule of thumb is that if you can't contact anyone via the phone line, or if you get through a little too easily, then the website is most likely a scam.

title:Beware of The Misinformed Who Offer Their Advice
author:Kevin Thompson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

When it comes to health, fitness and working out, you and I carry many misbeliefs, as you'll quickly realize when you hear this story.
I was down in Tampa recently visiting my good friend Matt when he told me this story about a misunderstanding he had with his three year old son, Frank.
Matt and his wife were getting ready to go visit his parents, and to make things just a little easier on themselves, they decided to stop at Wendy's for dinner on the way.
They ordered chicken nuggets for Frank.
As it turned out, Frank really liked 'em.
A few weeks later, they had gone out to eat dinner at a family restaurant. When asked what he wanted for dinner, Frank said "chicken nuggets".
But once the waitress brought their dinner to the table, Frank felt that something was amiss.
He immediately announced that what the waitress brought him was indeed NOT chicken nuggets.
Of course Matt knew better, but the more he tried to convince his son Frank that the meal on his plate was indeed chicken nuggets, the more Frank resisted.
You see, since Frank already had chicken nuggets in the past, he had already formed an opinion as to what chicken nuggets were, and now that his opinion was being challenged, he was resisting.
And to be honest, it's really no different with us!
Even as adults, we have this mistaken philosophy that the first thing we learn about a subject is right, and anything we hear thereafter must be false.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Let me give you a personal example.
I'm about ready to turn 39.
When I was in high school, back in the early 80's, I distinctly remember my teachers telling me that the way to be successful in life was to go to college, study hard and get a good education. That way I'd be able to get a great job that would last me the rest of my life.
My teachers had no reason to lie to me, so I believed them.
But over the course of the last 20+ years, I've found this advice to be totally wrong.
In fact, I've lost track of the amount of jobs I had.
You can probably relate.
How many jobs have you worked in during the course of your life?
In case you haven't noticed, things have changed. In this day and age, I venture to say that none of us will work for one company our entire life.
What used to be true years ago is simply no longer true today!
While my teachers may have meant well, the advice they gave me was incorrect. And the sad thing is, many people still swear by this advice to this day.
I tell you this to make a very important point:
Like the story of Frank, and what my teachers told me years ago, much of what you've heard or been told about health and fitness is also incorrect.
But it doesn't have to be that way any longer!

Beware of What You Puff!

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Smoking seems to be a part of our society. It is addicting that too much of it can cause various illnesses and even death. The smoker is not the only one that is at risk on the bad effects of smoking, but the other people who inhale the smoke that they breathe. This article tackles the ill effects of second-hand smoke.

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Did you know that puffing one cigarette can shorten a smoker's life by 11 minutes?
Research has shown that smoking reduces life expectancy by seven to eight years. About 90 percent of lung cancer cases and 30 percent of fatalities from cancer is related to smoking. Deaths related to smoking are due mainly to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, and cancers. Smoking-related illnesses kill about half of all smokers.  In most cases, those who started smoking early also make it a life-long habit.  These early smokers are also those who are most prone to smoking-related diseases.

Even if the ill-effects of cigarette use are widely known, why do many people still continue smoke? Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. Like heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it just to feel normal.

People start smoking for a variety of different reasons. Some smoke because they think that it is the    “cool” thing to do.  Others get started on smoking because their family members or friends also smoke. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 tobacco users started smoking even before they reached 18 years old.  Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted. That's why people say it's just so much easier to not start smoking at all. 

Many of us breathe smoke whether we like it or not. We usually inhale smoke in public places, around doorways of buildings, and at work. When someone smokes inside a home or car, everyone inside breathes second-hand smoke. When a person smokes near you, you breathe in second-hand smoke. Second hand smoke is produced when a cigarette burns. It is made up of two components. One is mainstream smoke, which is what a smoker inhales and exhales. The other is called sidestream smoke and comes from the end of a burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe.

Cigarettes produce about 12 minutes of smoke, yet the smoker may inhale only 30 seconds of smoke from their cigarette. The rest of the smoke lingers in the air for non-smokers and smokers to breathe. Second-hand smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.

Moreover, second-hand smoke causes sore eyes, throat and nasal irritation, headaches, coughing and wheezing, nausea, and dizziness. One can also get colds and the flu. Breathing in second-hand smoke can also trigger asthma attacks and increase your chances of getting bronchitis and pneumonia. The longer you're exposed to second-hand smoke, the more it will affect your health.

The only thing that really helps a person avoid the problems associated with smoking and second-hand smoke is staying smoke-free. Limiting your exposure to secondhand smoke may seem easy, but sometimes it is not, especially if everyone around you is smoking and offering you cigarettes. One can keep his or her home and car smoke free by smoking outside. However, remember that smoke can linger for up to two and half-hours, so opening a window or leaving the room doesn't really count.
Even the slightest exposure to second-hand smoke is dangerous.  A piece of advice for smokers:  it is never too late to quit your unhealthy habit.  By quitting smoking, you can help save other people's lives, including your own.

title:Beware The Food Pyramid
author:David McCarthy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The food pyramid was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the early 1990s as part of a program to encourage the growth of healthy eating habits from a young age. From the outset schools that were keen to introduce healthy eating habits from junior school level upwards embraced it. We all accepted that USDA had produced a new key to guide us in how to eat healthily and start the battle against obesity from a young age. Time has since taught us that the Food Pyramid was based upon some unsound scientific data and the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health has since corrected the base knowledge by using up to date scientific data that has now replaced the original Pyramid. On a personal note I think the original Food Pyramid was great and a definite step in the right direction. This new approach is based upon more accurate scientific data and is therefore better to use.
The Five Food Groups
Fruits: Eat a variety of fruits rather than fruit juices for most of your fruit needs. Apart from fresh fruit you can also use canned fruit, dried fruit or frozen fruit. But try to have at least one item of fresh fruit each day.
Vegetables: Dark green vegetables are especially good for you; spinach, broccoli and kale lead the way together with any other dark leaf greens. Orange vegetables should also form a major part of your diet: Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash. Don't forget beans and peas such as kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, split peas and lentils.
Calcium foods: You need at least three cups of fat free or low fat milk each day. You can substitute an equal amount of low-fat yoghurts or cheese. One and a half ounces (42.5 grams) of cheese equals a cup of milk.
Grains: Minimum three ounces (85 grams) of whole-grain cereal. This can be substituted by pasta or rice. 1/2 cup of pasta or rice equals 1 cup of whole-grain breakfast cereal. Harvard School of Public Health suggests that you should read the content labels to be sure that grains such as wheat, rice, oats and corn are referred to as "whole".
Proteins: Choose only lean meats and poultry and it is preferable to bake, broil or grill it. You can vary your protein intake with fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.
A healthy diet requires a daily intake from each of the five food groups listed above. It also requires that you eat in moderation and should never eat until you feel full. It takes around twenty minutes for your stomach to get the full message to your brain. It is this time lapse that is to blame for the majority of cases of obesity. Today many of the top dieticians are advocating that you eat more meals each day rather than less. For instance, if you eat six small meals each day with a controlled calorie intake you are less likely to eat too much at any meal. This is far more helpful to losing weight than taking 3 meals each day and being so hungry when you sit down that you eat until the brain gets the message that you are full because that is already too late and the damage will takes months to undo.
This article is © copyright David McCarthy 2005. It may be reproduced in its entirety with no additions.
title:Beware The Summer BBQ!
author:Tracie Johanson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Now that it's summer, it's almost impossible to avoid the ever-popular summer BBQ. Some of our favorite meals are cooked over charcoal, but we still need to be aware that many of the traditional 'summer' foods are packed with fat and calories!
Isn't it ironic that some of the 'fattest' foods make their debut in the summer when we're all trying to fit into that bathing suit?
So which traditional summer foods will break the belt?
HOT DOGS. Although they're small, the typical hot dog contains about 30% of your daily saturated fat intake! At about 180 calories each, hot dogs may seem quite harmless until we realize that 140 of those calories are from FAT. Don't forget that the average hot dog bun has 110 calories, which boosts the total to 250 calories per hot dog.
HAMBURGERS. Ground beef comes in all sorts of varieties, from 'full-fat' to 'low-fat'. You'll pay more for the low-fat version, but it's worth it. The average hamburger has about 275 calories and 12 grams of fat (includes the bun). That's slightly less fat than the hot dog, but more calories. "The secret to keeping the burger lean is to avoid the high fat toppings such as mayonnaise, bacon, cheese or sauces and instead, garnish simply with ketchup, mustard, tomatoes, onions and relishes" (Source: Ontario Cattlemen's Association). Pile on the high-calories toppings and you'll boost the calorie count to 800 or even higher!!
POTATO CHIPS. A summer BBQ just wouldn't be a BBQ without the chips! But while we're enjoying the crunch, we're putting on the pounds. Many brands of potato chips contain about 150 calories per serving. Doesn't sound like much? Consider that what they call a 'serving' is really one ounce.....11 chips. Here's another way to look at it: each SINGLE potato chip provides a bit more than 1% of your daily recommended fat intake!
So what's a summer-BBQ-lovin' person to do? Relax! There's no need to avoid the fun this summer! By just making a few creative adjustments to the menu, we can enjoy the family picnic while keeping our diet under control.
Try fruits, veggies and baked beans instead of chips. We all know the health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables, so focus on those instead of full-fat potato chips. High in fiber and low in calories, these choices will help us feel full without putting on the pounds.
Try a ground turkey patty instead of a hamburger. It will save you more than 100 calories, and it's really not bad tasting! Be sure to look for SKINLESS ground turkey, which has far fewer calores than just 'ground turkey'.
Consider putting some boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the BBQ instead of beef. Lower in calories and fat, chicken breasts are a good choice for any event.
Don't forget about fish! The choices are almost endless, and the health benefits are overwhelming. Put some salmon on the BBQ and enjoy! "We recommend eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week. Fish is a good source of protein and doesn’t have the high saturated fat that fatty meat products do" (Source:
Finally, watch the drinks. High-calorie beverages like lemonade and Kool-Aid boast between 60 and 100 calories per glass, and sometimes even more. A single can of soda usually contains about 160 calories. Choose low-calorie drinks like iced tea (unsweetened) or just plain old water.
With just a little effort, the summer BBQ doesn't have to add inches or pounds! Choose healthy, low-fat and low-calorie foods instead of the traditional fare and keep those pounds off!

title:Bextra - Drug History
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Bextra was created in the late 1990s by the G.D Searle & Co. division of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the handling of arthritis, inflammation, and painful menstrual cramping without the risk of severe stomach irritation. Clinical tests of arthritis patients over six months showed the relative safety of Bextra, and it was approved by the FDA on November 16, 2001. Bextra became one of the best selling drugs on the market, with sales in the tens of billions of dollars. Doctors were happy with the low percentage of stomach irritation, and patients were pleased with the boost in quality of life that these alleged “wonder drugs” provided.
Then on October 15, 2004, the FDA warned of harmful complications in patients who took Bextra directly after having heart surgery. Later, in November of that year, the American Heart Association released the results of its own clinical test, showing that Bextra had heightened the risk of heart attack and strokes.  A prominent FDA reviewer proclaimed that Bextra was one of five different drugs listed as  “unsafe” to prescribe.
After careful studies of the risk of not only heart attack and strokes,  but also the frequency of potentially fatal allergic skin reactions, the FDA re-evaluated the drug and on April 7, 2005, they asked Pfizer to remove Bextra from American and European markets. Widespread prescriptions of Bextra had already caused significant damage, and may victims of the drug’s side effects continue to suffer from the terrible consequences.
If you are one of the millions who took Bextra, contact your doctor immediately. The side effects of the medication may take some time to appear and the earlier that treatment is given, the better the outcome for the patient. If you feel that you've been a victim of these types of side effects, contact an experienced Bextra lawyer who can help you fight for what you deserve!
title:Bextra - FDA Recalled Drug
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Bextra, also known as valdecoxib, is a prescription medicine known as a COX-2 Inhibitor. Like Vioxx and Celebrex, it supposedly lessen the pain of inflammation and fever without causing stomach irritation common to aspirin and other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). Pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer released Bextra in 2001, and prescription sales soon rose to 3.2 billion dollars.
Bextra is used to take care of an assortment of different conditions, including arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of chronic inflammation or low level pain. Pfizer discovered in 2002 that Bextra offered an elevated risk of serious skin irritation during the beginning stages of treatment. Also, during a complicated heart procedure called coronary artery bypass graft, certain  patients who had also taken Bextra developed serious heart problems. Bextra also created a heightened risk of Steven-Johnsons’s Syndrome, a potentially fatal skin condition resulting in infection and inflammation, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, which creates infected skin to flake off and die. In addition, it was originally  believed that Bextra, like its sister drug Celebrex, might pose the same heightened risk of stroke and heart attack, and the FDA ordered more examinations to investigate this possibility. Later, in April 2005, the FDA asked Pfizer to remove Bextra from the market because the side effects proved too dangerous for public consumption.
Victims of pharmaceutical shortsightedness have a right to be compensated. A knowledgeable attorney is the key to getting you the settlement you deserve. Just as important as your physical recovery, your financial recovery depends on the action you decide to take. Hesitating one day may prevent you from taking the legal action necessary to recover your losses.  Contact a lawyer today!
title:Beyond ADHD... The Real Child
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that affects three to seven per cent of children. The disorder causes difficulties concentrating, sitting still, controlling emotions and listening. ADHD is one of the best-researched psychological disorders and the overall data on its validity are far more compelling than for most mental disorders. It is officially recognized by the World Health Organization.
Children with ADHD are not problem children, but children who have difficulty functioning. These difficulties can be addressed. These children often have special characteristics, such as being energetic, adventurous, intelligent, having a great sense of humor and the ability to throw themselves into their goals. Unfortunately, these characteristics sometimes go unnoted strictly because the difficulties caused by ADHD always seem to be front and centre.
The tendency of children with ADHD to be disorganized, forgetful and easily distracted sometimes makes it hard for their true colours to shine, but the potential is there and often just needs a helping hand.
Physicians, parents and educators routinely offer guidance by teaching children with ADHD that the disorder is a challenge, not an excuse. With the help of medication, which can correct the underlying chemical imbalance, along with appropriate counseling, they have a fair chance of reaching their full potential.
All medications currently approved to treat ADHD belong to a class called stimulants. A number of new investigational ADHD treatments offer great promise and in the future Canadians will have more choice in ADHD treatment.
Research has shown that up to 60 per cent of children continue to have symptoms into adulthood and this can cause career difficulties due to disorganization and attention deficiencies, but those who adapt to their condition as children can thrive personally and professionally.
For more information on ADHD, please visit your doctor.
- News Canada
title:Beyond Macronutrients and the Importance of Vitamin Supplements
author:Protica Nutritional Research
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most healthy eaters are familiar with the three macronutrients that garner the most media attention within the diet world: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  Indeed, some highly regarded eating programs, such as the Isometric Diet®, are designed to deliver an optimal balance of these three macronutrients. 
Yet what is often overlooked in a nutrition vocabulary dominated by talk of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, is the plain fact that vitamin supplements play a critical role in an overall healthy eating program.  It is a neglect that, ironically, derives from scientific misunderstanding.
Until recently, the scientific community firmly maintained that vitamin supplements were unnecessary and potentially even dangerous.  This claim was based on a position that the body’s vitamin needs could be met through diet, and that vitamin supplements are largely created from synthetic, low quality ingredients. 
However, evidence to the contrary has emerged; or to put things more accurately, the scientific community is finally accepting a new view.  Clinical studies clearly show that high quality vitamin supplements can be produced from all natural sources, and that taking them can prevent serious health ailments such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer [i]. 
It has also been accepted that vitamin supplements help the body effectively regulate how energy is utilized.  In this sense, they ensure that the energy delivered by macronutrients – in the form of calories – is directed properly to promote growth and development [ii].
However, despite the scientifically proven importance of vitamin supplements, some key concerns have been raised.  Specifically, the nutrition community has raised questions with respect to the potential toxicity of supplements that contain “fat-soluble” vitamins.  Fat-soluble vitamins are not easily and swiftly eliminated by the body.  Instead, they are stored in organs and tissues.  Over time, there can be a build-up of fat-soluble vitamins [iii], which can lead to adverse health effects such as nausea, diarrhea, unhealthy weight loss, bone density loss, and digestive tract disorders [iv].
Fortunately, to avoid this potential damage, there are vitamin and nutritional supplement products on the market that offer water-soluble vitamins.  Water-soluble vitamins travel smoothly through the body and the excess is excreted through the kidneys.  As such, there is little to no risk of toxic build up [v]. 
At the same time, these water-soluble vitamin and nutritional supplements can be derived from all-natural sources.  This is important to note, because, synthetic vitamins can only replicate a fraction of the beneficial nutrients found in natural sources.  As such, the holistic positive impact that can only come from several nutrients working together cannot be reproduced synthetically [vi].
These scientific acknowledgements of the value of vitamin supplements -- and the accessibility of water-soluble, all-natural products -- bode well for the average consumer, and especially well for dieters. 
Some diets irresponsibly advise dieters to take diuretic pills that create weight loss through water loss.  As a consequence to this short-term strategy, dieters often become dangerously deficient in water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin, and Folic Acid. 
However, some well-designed nutritional supplements provide anywhere from 50% to 100% of these essential vitamins.  As such, dieters who are currently subscribing to an unhealthy water-loss diet can responsibly transition to these products, and replenish their depleted water-soluble vitamin stock. 
Similarly, dieters who are fortunate enough to have avoided these potentially dangerous diet pill/diuretic diets can wisely integrate these nutritional supplements into their current eating regimen.
Indeed, the scientific community, for all of the contributions it has made to diet and nutrition, has been unusually slow in accepting the fact that vitamin supplements are an essential part of healthy eating.  Yet the consensus of this fact is now fairly widespread, as is the understanding that water-soluble and all-natural products simply outclass fat-soluble and synthetic products in terms of safety and efficacy. 
It may have taken a decade or so too long to reach this “vitamin awareness”, but now that it is here, it is reason for both dieters and non-dieters to celebrate a future of healthier and smarter eating.
[i] Source: “Dietary Insurance: A Daily Multivitamin”.  Harvard School of Public Health.

[ii] Source: “Vitamins and Minerals”.  McKinley Health Center.

[iii] Source: “Toxicity of Vitamins”.  Medicinal Foods News.

[iv] Source: “Fat-Soluble Vitamins”.  Colorado State University.

[v] Source: “Vitamins”.  WebMD.

[vi] Source: “Natural Vitamins or Synthetic?”.  Olga Timbol.

Beyond Vanity: Skin Care is Imperative to Health and Wellness

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Economy and a busy lifestyle play a great deal on why people would refrain from availing those skincare services being offered in the media. However, there is more to skincare than just a case of vanity. The skin serves as the body's first barrier against bacterial infections.


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While feminists and critics sneer at beauty for being only “skin deep”, the continuous growth of the cosmetics industry proves that an increasing number of people are really taking effort, time, and money to invest on various beauty regimen and skincare. Nowadays, women are not the only ones who get conscious of their looks, but even some men, particularly the younger generation, have become advocates of pampering skincare.
Some people, however, are too absorbed in their busy lifestyles that they have no more time left to engage in proper skincare. Economy also plays a great deal on why people would refrain from availing those skincare services being offered in the media. The hard times take its toll on your skin.  It is no longer as supple as that of a baby and has become thinner and wrinkled with age. Your skin is drier due to less oil production from the sebaceous glands and the decrease in the number of blood vessels has made your skin lackluster without youthful glow.
There is more to skincare than just a case of vanity. Unknown to many, all human beings, whether healthy or not, probably have some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. These bacteria, simply called staph, are usually found in your nose or throat and may not really cause much problems except for minor skin infections.  The skin serves as the body's first barrier against these bacterial infections.  This is why it is important to have healthy skin in order to ward off bacterial infections.  Once the skin is broken, cut or wounded, you are at risk for infection.  Once these bacteria gets to burrow deeper into your skin and penetrates your body into the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and heart, these seemingly harmless bacteria can become life-threatening. 
History showed that most cases of fatal staph infections in the past have occurred in people who have been in the hospital or those who are suffering from chronic illness and faltering immune system.  However, recent development proves that an increasing number of otherwise healthy people who have never been in a hospital are also acquiring these lethal staph infections.
Moreover, the usually powerful antibiotics no longer have an effect in fighting against certain strain of destructive bacteria that have evolved over time. Although as of now, most staph infections are still manageable and can be successfully treated, sooner or later, there will come a time that a new and deadlier strain of these bacterial infections will become resistant to most currently available skincare and medications. 
The signs and symptoms of bacterial infections depends on the condition and affected area of the infection as well as the nature of illness if it is a direct infection from staph bacteria or from toxins produced by the bacteria. They may range from mild skin infections to food poisoning, deadly pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and endocarditis which is a lethal inflammation of the heart valves. Most skin infections caused by staph infections include the following: boils , cellulitis, impetigo, scalded skin syndrome, follicilitis, hordeolum, among others. 
Most skin problems would require clinical care by medical professionals but it helps to take note of the following tips:
· Make sure to always clean and cover areas of skin that have been injured.
· Do not share towels, sheets, clothing until the infection has been fully healed.
· Do not touch to avoid spreading it to other parts of your body.
Always remember that cleanliness and good skincare hygiene is not just a form of vanity but it is a way of keeping your skin healthy and strong to be able to protect you in warding off bacterial infections as well as preventing many skin problems.

Bias in Health Information: Understanding the Agendas

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All health information and advice is biased, including mine. That doesn't mean it's worthless. But in order to judge the message and its applicability, you need to understand the underlying agenda.

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Writers of medical advice--including columnists, insurance companies, governmental agencies, medical organizations, drug companies and even practitioners--are all biased. They always have agendas. They all choose to write about certain topics and not others. They make choices about what to include in their articles, what to leave out and how to state their cases. They're all self-serving. They all have something to "sell," even when there is not an immediate cash-return.

Does that mean you should throw up your hands, say the hell with it, and never read or listen to another medical message? I don't think so, but in order to derive value from these messages, you sure as heck better understand the agendas of the people who created them. Or as the psychologists say, if you want to understand a behavior, you need to figure out what motivated it. Let's examine some advice-givers and their biases.

What motivates health columnists? Well, how about their continued employment, the needs of their publisher-employers, and the needs of the companies the publishers wish to attract as advertisers? It's not hard to imagine there are some subtle and not-so-subtle influences and incentives at play in framing the subject-matter and slant of the articles. Certainly, it's hard to attract the business of potential advertisers when you have written devastating critiques of their products.

Yet don't infer that you should ignore what the health columnists have to say. They provide a wonderful service in discussing health issues, the business of medicine and its practice. I personally enjoy reading the health columns of that great medical publication, The Wall Street Journal. In fact, I still distribute to my patients an excellent article about medication-overuse headaches that Tara Parker-Pope, one of their columnists, wrote years ago.

One of the odder chapters in the business of medicine is that certain insurance companies have positioned themselves as providers of health advice, particularly those companies paid by employers to manage their medication-benefit plans. I won't waste the reader's time in building a case that insurance companies have agendas and conflicts-of-interest in providing such advice. This should be self-evident.

Governmental agencies like the National Institutes of Health provide medical information which is generally reliable and useful, but influenced by the agency's understandable needs for self-promotion and self-preservation. The same holds true for medical organizations like the American Academy of Neurology (to which I belong) and big group-practices like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. The advice tendered by these medical organizations in their publications and web-pages is backed by their reputations, which they zealously protect. So you can be sure that the medical content is subjected to rigorous quality-control. And fortunately, although their messages are motivated by commercial needs, the linkages are obvious and easy for the consumer to take into account.

How about individual health practitioners? Giving advice is what they do for a living, so what's the issue? Well, in the U.S., at least, there is a genuine "medical marketplace" where competition reigns supreme. So when you need help with your health, each practitioner (including me!)  would like to make the short-list of advisers whose opinions you trust and value.

Let's move on to the drug companies. In my opinion there is no medical information that is both as pervasive and biased as that created by drug companies. And in many cases the connection between the message and the drug company's name has been obscured or hidden, so the consumer doesn't even know to be wary.

I have written elsewhere about the comical turn of events in the "advice" that drug companies have provided to people with headaches. For many years the makers of sinus medications invested heavily in convincing people with headaches that most of them were due to sinus disease. But now that effective and lucrative drugs for migraine exist, companies are sinking even larger sums of money into the message that those headaches weren't due to sinus conditions after all. Instead, they've been due to migraine. This vignette illustrates the hazard in allowing marketing departments of drug companies to diagnose one's headaches.

Another hazard is in allowing drug companies to write the information-sheets that doctors hand patients at the ends of office visits. Every doctor gets buried in pamphlets that sales reps from drug companies leave at their offices. For years I actually looked at these things, trying to select the 30% that might be worth retaining and passing along to my patients. After a while, 30% seemed too optimistic, so I searched for the 20% that was worth keeping, and then the 10%...well, you get the idea. The pamphlets kept getting more biased and less useful. At one time the sales reps passed out some real gems that were genuinely helpful to patients and their families. But those days are gone.

So when it comes to medical advice, consider the source.

(C) 2005 by Gary Cordingley

Bicycles For All Ages- What You Should Think Over While Shopping!

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Biking is fun for everyone! Not only is it a terrific way to get around, it provides you with your daily dosage of exercise and activity as well.  So while bikes have chiefly been a means of transport for a long time now, that is no longer the case.

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Biking is fun for everyone! Not only is it a wonderful way to get around, it provides you with your daily dosage of exertion and activity as well.  So while bicycles have principally been a means of transport for a long time now, that is no longer the case. Bikes keep you fit. Bikes can add adventure to your dat. Bicycles also keep the surroundings cleaner. And for the more self righteous ones - bikes make you feel like you are doing the world a favour!

What to look at:
So you've decided to buy a bicycle, now the first thing you've got ask yourself is:
* Who's going to be using it?
* What it will be used for?
* How much are you willing to spend on it?
Your reason for buying a bike

Among many bike lovers, while most choose to bike casually, either to school, university or even work; some more adventurous ones have also been a part of stunt biking groups, professional biking clubs or mountain biking associations. Biking is a great hobby and with so many options to choose from, you can decide how best you associate with this great invention!  However, before you jump to any of that, you do need a bike. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a bike either for your kids or for yourself.

Purchasing a bike for your toddler

So you've decided to initiate your toddler to the wonderful world of cycling; now the right time to get your toddler a two wheel bike is when they have reached age 3. By this age, kids have properly developed motor skills as well as a sense of balance and self sufficiency. Buying a bike for your child requires some research. Just knowing the brand and the colour preference is not enough. The bike needs to be comfortable enough for the child to ride, especially if the child is starting out learning to ride a bike. 

The details

Bike sizes are classified via the size of the wheel. There are recommended wheel sizes for all age groups. When purchasing a bike for your child, pick the bike with the correct wheel size of 12 or 14 inches.  Take your child with you for bike shopping. Make sure her legs reach the floor. When riding a bike, this will give the child more self confidence. Also make sure you purchase a pair of detachable side wheels for training her so she can learn to balance.  Another important thing to keep in mind is to purchase a bike that is light in weight. Since you toddler is learning to ride, chances are she might fall a few times. And a heavy bike will worsen the experience. So while it is a bit more expensive, it is worth the investment. And while you are at it, don’t forget to purchase a bike helmet!

Bikes for kids in their pre-teens and teens

By the time your kids are in pre-teens or in their teens, they will have mastered the art of riding a bike and would have long outgrown the toddler bike. Now is the time for something different! Since they are a bit grown up, they will want more say in the purchase decision.  It is best to get to know what it is they are looking for. Now, remember, kids might want the world, but you are working with a budget. So make sure your child is aware of it before hand so he can do his bit of research as well within that budget.


In this age group, most kids will use the bike to go to school and for after school activities like meeting friends, taking part in local racing competitions etc.  Consider the ergonomics of the bicycle. Make sure the handle bars are not too close to the seat as it will exhaust your child quite easily. And ensure that the seats are comfortable. The ideal wheel size for a pre-teenager’s bike is 18-22 inches. Make sure bikes for your young teen have coaster breaks for additional safety. Teenagers can use the same bike size used by adults, which is a standard 24 inches. Take your children with you so they can test ride the bikes before finally choosing one which fits their requirements and your budget.  Also, don’t forget to accessorize. Items like extra headlights, water-bottle, reflectors, mirrors, radio etc. will personalize the bike for your child.

Considerations when purchasing a bike for adults

The ideal bike size for adults is 24 inches.  When purchasing such a bike, ask yourself a couple of basic questions. Is the bike for casual riding or exercising or for a special hobby like mountain biking or for sports? You can opt for a single gear or multi-gear bike giving you the convenience of varying speed limits, based on where you are riding it. These days road bikes offer speed ranges of 12 to 21, to choose from. Another important thing to look for is adjustable seats and handle-bars.

Before you make a final purchase, test ride a couple of bikes since unlike kids, you are not likely to outgrow the bike you purchase. This also means you should go for something that is not just sturdy but also light.

Today, there are different brands with various models of bikes catering to all these specific requirements.  Based on your requirement, choose the right bike for your needs.

Bifocal Contact Lenses - Improving vision

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Thick lenses with a line across them were the only option available to those who had nearsightedness and farsightedness. The frames for glasses in general were heavy and very unattractive.

Bifocal Contact Lenses,

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Thick lenses with a line across them were the only option available to those who had nearsightedness and farsightedness. The frames for glasses in general were heavy and very unattractive. The problem with wearing bifocals was getting used to them. You need to look either up or look down especially going down stairs. Adjusting to wearing bifocals made some people feel dizzy.

People had only one choice if they wore bifocals, eyeglasses. When contacts hit the market bifocals still had to be in eyeglasses. That was then and this is now. Those who wear eyeglasses may have far fewer choices than those who wear contact lenses may. Many people are happy because now contact lenses come in contact lenses. Contact bifocals are available in rigid, soft, and gas permeable materials.

Who needs to wear bifocal contact lenses? People focusing on near objects who have trouble. The name of what they suffer with is Presbyopia. Over the age of 40 is when this usually happens.

Alternating Design and Bifocal Eyeglasses are alike because one half of the lens enables distance vision and the other allows you to see near. Lenses that try to blend both near and distance prescriptions fill in the pupil area and are called Simultaneous Design. Your eyes will learn to interpret the circle power choices depending on how near or far you are looking.

The radial of contact lenses is the concentric design lens. The inner lens will work on either the nearness vision or the distant vision and so can the outer part of the lens.

Translating design contacts are similar to bifocal eyeglasses where the distant correction is above the nearness vision correction. A line makes the lenses separate. The bottom of the lens is flat to keep it from moving around in your eye when you blink.

Both distant and near vision are located at the center of the Asferic Design lenses. The near correction in the center is surrounded by distance correction.
Sometimes they can be reversed in some situations. You and your doctor can decide that.

With mono-vision design lenses you have one power lens in one eye and then the other power lens in the other eye. Usually the distant vision lens is worn in the dominant eye. An examination by your doctor will be able to determine this.

There are also simultaneous vision lenses. Your eyes can focus on things that are both near and far at the same time. Distant and near correction is concentric rings.The near and far parts of the lens are in sight all the time so the light from both distant and near objects can be focused on at the same time.

Simultaneous vision contact lenses have a problem. The light from the near part of the lens will go through the distant part and vice versa when the eye is looking through it. Both in focus and out of focus can be taken in by the eye at the same time.

The brain has to figure out which is the correct image. Whether contact lenses are bifocals or not, you must obtain a prescription. Your eye doctor will do a very thorough exam to decide if you are a candidate for bifocal contacts and what type might be right for you.

Lenses that fit and are comfortable may take time to find, as with any contact lens there is an adjustment. Bifocal lenses may not be for you, at least not in the contact lenses currently available.

There may be contact lenses out there, don't give up.Do your research if you really want contacts and need bifocals and keep informed on the types of lenses available to you.There are resources available online, through your eye care physician, and in some cases right from the manufacturer.

There are discount websites for contact lenses and some manufacturers will give you a coupon for their lenses if you try them. Your budget will affect your decision about bifocal lenses without a doubt.

Check with friends and family who wear contacts and see what their experience was like. Although not everyone has the same experience, the information could help you and your doctor make the decision. Bifocal contact lenses are available now for people with astigmatism.

Toric contact lenses come in both color and disposable lenses. Check with your eye doctor about Toric lenses because some professionals are uncomfortable fitting them.

Bifocal Contact lenses - Ready To Wear

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Concentric rings form the near and distant correction. Light from both near and far objects can be focused on at the same time since the near and far parts of the lens are in sight all the time.

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Eyeglasses with thick lenses and a line across them were the only option for people with both nearsightedness and farsightedness. Eyeglass frames were heavy and not only that they were to say the least unattractive. Bifocal Contact lenses were difficult to get used to wearing. Going down stairs especially, you need to look either up or down. While getting adjusted to wearing bifocals some people get dizzy.

People had only one choice if they wore bifocals, eyeglasses. When contacts hit the market bifocals still had to be in eyeglasses. That was then and this is now. Contacts offer as many choices if not more than the choices available for eyeglass wearers. Many people are joyous because bifocals now come in contact lenses. Contact bifocals are available in rigid, soft, and gas permeable materials.

What people need to use bifocal lenses? Those who when focusing on near objects, have trouble. What they have is called Presbyopia. It is unusual for this to develop before the age of 40. Bifocals glasses are similar to Alternating Design because half the lens has distance power and the other half has powers for near objects.

Blended prescriptions for both near and distant vision are Simultaneous Design; they fill in the area of the pupil. Whether you are looking near or far your eye will adjust and learn to interpret the circle power choice. Concentric Design lenses are the radials of contact lenses. The inner lens works on the nearness vision while the outer part works on distant vision correction or vice versa.

Translating Design- these are also very similar to bifocal eyeglasses, the distance correction is above the near correction. The lenses are divided by a line. The lens has a flat bottom so that when you blink it won't move around in your eye. The center of the Asferic Design lenses is where both the near and distant vision is located.

The center of the lens is where the near vision correction is and it's surrounded by distant vision correction. In some situations they can be reversed. You can decide this with your doctor. You wear one power lens in one eye and the other in the other eye with Mono-vision Design lenses.

The distant vision is placed in the dominant eye usually. Here again your doctor's exam will be able to determine this. Simultaneous vision contacts are also available. Focusing on both near and far objects at the same time is possible with these lenses.

Concentric rings form the near and distant correction. Light from both near and far objects can be focused on at the same time since the near and far parts of the lens are in sight all the time.

Simultaneous vision contact lenses have a problem. When the eye is looking through the lens some of the light from the distant objects will enter the distant part and vice versa. The eye, at the same time takes in out of focus and focus.

The brain has to figure out which image is correct. Your doctor must provide you with a subscription for contact lenses not matter if they are bifocal or not. Your eye doctor will do a very thorough exam to decide if you are a candidate for bifocal contacts and what type might be right for you.

Lenses that fit and are comfortable may take time to find, as with any contact lens there is an adjustment. Bifocal lenses may not be for you, at least not in the contact lenses currently available. Don't give up the search for the right lenses.

Do your research and keep up to date on the types of lenses available to you if you want contacts and need bifocals. By offering a free trial wear period of up to a week, some companies allow you to try their lenses and see if you like them.

Check out discount contact lens stores online and some manufacturers will give you a coupon to put toward the purchase of their lens if you try them. Your decision about bifocal lenses will without a doubt be affected by your budget.

Ask about the experience friends or family have had with contact lenses. You and your doctor can, with this information make a decision but not everyone has the same experience. The option of bifocal contact lenses is now available for people with astigmatism.

Toric contact lenses come in both color and disposable lenses. Some professionals do not like fitting Toric lenses so it is best to check with your eye care professional.

Bifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

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Developments in the field of contact lens technology are producing ever better contact lenses that are increasingly convenient to wear throughout the whole gamut of vision conditions and lifestyles. Bifocal contact lenses are today available to correct presbyopia, a common problem in the over-40 age group.

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Presbyopia is a vision condition in which they eyes are not able to focus clearly on near objects. It usually begins after the age of about forty when the lenses in the eye start reducing in flexibility. Presbyopia affects around 90 million adults in the USA alone and about one in four patients passing through an optometrist’s door will suffer from it.

Symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty in reading, difficulty in seeing in low lighting conditions and, occasionally, headaches.

Traditionally these vision problems were addressed with the old-fashioned reading glasses. Or existing eyeglass wearers could opt for bifocal eyeglasses. However the use of modern contact lenses for use with presbyopia has some distinct advantages beyond their cosmetic appeal. For example they can be well suited to other aspects of a wearer’s lifestyle such as sporting activities, exercising or using a computer.

Recently, contact lenses for correcting presbyopia have become available in more convenient types such as disposable or frequent replacement varieties. Today these are very popular lens types providing obvious benefits for the wearer.


From a technical perspective, there are three distinct ways by which contact lenses can be used to correct presbyopia, each with advantages and disadvantages for particular types of patient. But the important thing here is that there is a choice and each wearer is likely to find one method best suited to their unique situation. The different contact lens methods are as follows:


The monovision technique involves using in one eye a lens for seeing near objects and in the other eye a lens for seeing distant objects. Many people find that monovision works very well for them. It relies on the brain’s ability to selectively process and combine information from the best available sources in order to provide the clearest possible vision. In some instances, the optometrist might employ a bifocal lens in one eye and a normal distance lens in the other. The main problem associated with monovision is the apparent loss of depth of vision for some patients.


As with traditional bifocal eyeglasses, each lens in bifocal contact lenses possesses two powers – one for seeing near objects, the other for distant objects. Some types of bifocal lenses when magnified look a little like a bull’s eye with an central inner zone surrounded by the outer zone. The drawback to this type of lens is that in certain conditions of reduced lighting, the vision might not always be as sharp in certain areas.


Multifocal contact lenses work very much like the progressive lenses for eyeglasses. These lenses possess several zones of differing power in order to assist the eye gradually as it changes its focus on different objects at different distances. Therefore these lenses are designed to function well for seeing near, intermediate and distant objects. Their drawbacks are typically the same as for bifocal contact lenses, with occasional loss of visual acuity.

Bifocal lenses are available in two basic design types, 'Translating' and 'Simultaneous', the essential characteristics of which are as follows:


Another name for the translating lens type is an 'alternating lens'. Gas Permeable bifocal lenses are regularly of this type. Their usage is very much like that of traditional bifocal eyeglasses. The wearer will look through one zone for distance vision then ‘translate’ to look through the other zone for near vision. Both zones aren’t looked through at the same time.


The majority of soft bifocal contact lenses on the market are of the 'simultaneous' type. As the name implies, with simultaneous lenses the wearer actually looks through the various powers of the lenses at the same time. What happens is that the brain steps in and ‘suppresses’ the power or powers, which aren’t needed at that particular time in order to see clearly. There exist further subdivisions of this lens type, but we won’t go into the details in this brief overview.

As with all contact lens selection and wear, choosing the right type of bifocal lens depends equally as much upon the wearer’s unique lifestyle as his unique vision characteristics. For example a patient who regularly undertakes sporting activities will have different needs from one who only needs to wear them socially or for use at work.

However, the success of adopting bifocal contact lenses relies very much on the expectations of the wearer who should realize that, almost by definition, bifocal lenses are very much a compromise and that he or she is never going to regain the acuity of vision in all environments that they had when younger. In most cases this is perfectly acceptable and bifocal lenses have now earned their place in the optometrist’s ever-expanding repertoire.

title:Bifocal Contact Lenses - Improving Vision
author:Martin Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Thick lenses with a line across them were the only option available to those who had nearsightedness and farsightedness. The frames for glasses in general were heavy and very unattractive. The problem with wearing bifocals was getting used to them. You need to look either up or look down especially going down stairs. Adjusting to wearing bifocals made some people feel dizzy.
People had only one choice if they wore bifocals, eyeglasses. When contacts hit the market bifocals still had to be in eyeglasses. That was then and this is now. Those who wear eyeglasses may have far fewer choices than those who wear contact lenses may. Many people are happy because now contact lenses come in contact lenses. Contact bifocals are available in rigid, soft, and gas permeable materials.
Who needs to wear bifocal contact lenses? People focusing on near objects who have trouble. The name of what they suffer with is Presbyopia. Over the age of 40 is when this usually happens.
Alternating Design and Bifocal Eyeglasses are alike because one half of the lens enables distance vision and the other allows you to see near. Lenses that try to blend both near and distance prescriptions fill in the pupil area and are called Simultaneous Design. Your eyes will learn to interpret the circle power choices depending on how near or far you are looking.
The radial of contact lenses is the concentric design lens. The inner lens will work on either the nearness vision or the distant vision and so can the outer part of the lens.
Translating design contacts are similar to bifocal eyeglasses where the distant correction is above the nearness vision correction. A line makes the lenses separate. The bottom of the lens is flat to keep it from moving around in your eye when you blink.
Both distant and near vision are located at the center of the Asferic Design lenses. The near correction in the center is surrounded by distance correction.
Sometimes they can be reversed in some situations. You and your doctor can decide that.
With mono-vision design lenses you have one power lens in one eye and then the other power lens in the other eye. Usually the distant vision lens is worn in the dominant eye. An examination by your doctor will be able to determine this.
There are also simultaneous vision lenses. Your eyes can focus on things that are both near and far at the same time. Distant and near correction is concentric rings.The near and far parts of the lens are in sight all the time so the light from both distant and near objects can be focused on at the same time.
Simultaneous vision contact lenses have a problem. The light from the near part of the lens will go through the distant part and vice versa when the eye is looking through it. Both in focus and out of focus can be taken in by the eye at the same time.
The brain has to figure out which is the correct image. Whether contact lenses are bifocals or not, you must obtain a prescription. Your eye doctor will do a very thorough exam to decide if you are a candidate for bifocal contacts and what type might be right for you.
Lenses that fit and are comfortable may take time to find, as with any contact lens there is an adjustment. Bifocal lenses may not be for you, at least not in the contact lenses currently available.
There may be contact lenses out there, don't give up.Do your research if you really want contacts and need bifocals and keep informed on the types of lenses available to you.There are resources available online, through your eye care physician, and in some cases right from the manufacturer.
There are discount websites for contact lenses and some manufacturers will give you a coupon for their lenses if you try them. Your budget will affect your decision about bifocal lenses without a doubt.
Check with friends and family who wear contacts and see what their experience was like. Although not everyone has the same experience, the information could help you and your doctor make the decision. Bifocal contact lenses are available now for people with astigmatism.
Toric contact lenses come in both color and disposable lenses. Check with your eye doctor about Toric lenses because some professionals are uncomfortable fitting them.
title:Bifocal Contact Lenses – Tell Me More
author:Martin Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As we get older our eye can suffer from Presbyopia, this can occur when our eyes are unable to focus incoming light due to the loss and flexibility in our eye muscles. The unfortunate result is that trying to read close-up such as reading a book or newspaper or even trying to use computer screens can become blurred.
Bifocal contact lenses add an extra layer of near vision correction to the actually lens give you the power to focus and see object’s close-up. There is usually a far-vision layer also.
There are three different types of bifocal contact lens designs.


In Alternating or translating bifocal lenses, the near and far connective layers of the lens are distinct from each other. The near correction layer is usually placed at the bottom of the lens but if needed can be reversed. The intermediate layer can also be added and changed.
In concentric bifocal lenses the near and far layers are arranged in rings, the near vision is in the centre and the far vision layer on the outer ring. If you have small pupils this arrangement can be reversed this would put the far vision layer in the centre and near vision on the outer ring.
In Simultaneous bifocal lenses both layers are in the centre of the lens, this may seem strange but your eyes learn to adapt to each correction layer. This of course may take a little time but you’re eye care specialist can advice more on this.
Some people may find it difficult to get used to bifocal contact lenses, if you have adapted to bifocal, trifocal, or progressive eyeglass lenses, you’ll already understand the basics of using translating bifocal contact lenses, in which the distance zone is straight ahead and above center, while the reading zone is lower. With simultaneous designs, your eyes will learn to focus near or far as needed. Whatever your particular lenses design, your eye-care specialised will make sure you understand how to use it.
Bifocal contact lenses come in soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP). In general soft contact lenses can become cloudy with protein deposits over time, they have also been known to be easy to tear.
Gas permeable contact lenses are more durable and made from a stronger plastic that stays clearer over time. When you have RGP bifocals they last longer but you may need new ones only when your presbyopia progresses so that you need a stronger near vision prescription.
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title:Bifocal Contact Lenses – What Are They
author:Martin Smith
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For year’s people who had both nearsightedness and farsightedness had to suffer with eyeglasses that had thick lenses with a line across them. Not only were the glasses heavy but the frames for glasses in general were to say the least, unattractive. The other problem with the bifocal lenses was adjusting to them. You either have to look up or look down especially going downstairs. People often experience dizziness while adapting to the bifocal lenses.
For years people who needed bifocal lenses had only one choice, eyeglasses. Even when contact lenses came on the market, bifocals still could only be had in eyeglasses. That was then and this is now. Now contact lenses offer as many choices if not more choices than for those who wear eyeglasses. Now to the joy of many, there are bifocal contact lenses available. Bifocal contact lenses are available in soft, rigid, gas permeable materials.
Who needs to use bifocal lenses? People who have trouble focusing on objects that are near. They suffer with something called Presbyopia. This doesn’t usually develop after age 40.
There are various types of lenses and they are described below.

Alternating design- these are similar to bifocal glasses, half the lens has distance powers and the other half has powers for near objects.
Simultaneous Design-these lenses try to blend the powers of both distant and near sight prescriptions, they fill in the pupil area. Your eyes adapt and learn to interpret the circle power choice depending on how close or far you are looking.
Concentric Design-These are the radial of contact lenses. The lens works on near vision while outer part works on distant vision correction or vice versa.
Translating Design- these are also very similar to bifocal eyeglasses, the distance correction is above the near correction. A line separates the lenses. The lens is flat on the bottom to keep it from moving around in your eye when you blink.
Asferic Design-Distant and near vision are located at the center of the lens. Near correction is at the center while distance correction surrounds it. They can be reversed in some situations. The doctor will help you decide that.
Mono-vision Design-You wear one power lens in one eye and the other in the other eye. Distance vision is usually worn in the dominant eye. Again your doctor will be able to determine this with an examination.

There are also simultaneous vision contact lenses. These lenses allow the eyes to focus on both near and far objects at the same time. Near and distant correction is in concentric rings. Since the distant and near parts of the lens are in sight all the time light from both distant and near objects can be focused on at the same time.
There is a problem with simultaneous vision lenses. While the eye is seeing through the lens some light from distant objects will go through the near vision, and the light from near objects will go through the distant part of the lens. The eye takes both in focus and out of focus at the same time. It is up to the brain to figure out which is the desired image.
Contact lenses whether bifocal or not can only be obtained with a prescription. Through a comprehensive examination your eye doctor will determine whether you are a candidate for bifocal contact lenses and what specific type might be right for you. As with any contact lens there is an adjustment period and it might take more than one try before you get lenses that are the right fit and comfortable for you.
The reality though is that bifocal contact lenses may not be for you, at least in the contact lenses that are now available. Don’t give up. If you really want contact lenses and you need bifocals, do your research and keep up to date on the types of lenses available for you.
If you want to try contact lenses some companies have free trial periods of up to a week for you to try the lenses and see how you like them. There are resources available online, through your eye care physician, and in some cases right from the manufacturer. There are discount contact lens sites and some manufacturers offer coupons to you for trying them out. Your budget will undoubtedly play a part in your decision about bifocal contact lenses.
Ask friends or family members who have contact lenses what their experience has been like for them. Of course, not everyone has the same experience but in general, the information could help you and your physician make a determination.
Bifocal contact lenses are available for people with astigmatism. Toric contact lenses in particular come in both colors and disposable types. Consult with your eye care professional, as some professionals are not comfortable with fitting Toric lenses.
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title:Bifocal Contact Lens Basics
author:Jay Moncliff
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As we age, many of us notice that we can’t read as well as we used to. We hold things out further and further, literally at arm’s length, until friends and relatives inevitable begin joking about our arm’s getting shorter.
For many of us, presbyopia is a fact of life.  Simply defined, presbyopia is the inability to focus on items in close range.  This condition is caused by the lens in the eye becoming less and less flexible as we age.  Unfortunately, most of us will need corrective lenses and even bifocals at some point as this condition worsens.
Until recently, bifocal wearers had few options when choosing corrective eyeware.  Glasses with bifocal lenses were the most common option.  Luckily, no-line bifocal lenses were developed, and the glasses became somewhat more attractive.  Some struggled with the “one contact lens” option, called monovision, but this seemed to result in a lot of squinting for the users and usually required a difficult adjustment period. 
Recently, bifocal contact lenses have been developed for almost every kind of contact lens on the market.  This advancement is great for the aging population already wearing single vision contacts but needing to “step up” to the bifocal lens. 
Bifocal contact lenses work just like bifocal glass lenses do; two powers of glass in each lens provide different focus adjustments, one for far away (distance) and another for close up.  Both adjustments are contained in each contact lens.  Different manufacturers make different types of bifocal lenses, and it may take some experimentation to discover which type is right for you. 
Some bifocal contact lenses are made with a concentric design.  Like concentric circles, one adjustment is in the middle of the lens, and the other adjustment is around the outside of the lens.  The two are distinct, with a sharp delineation between the two.  Although they sound difficult to use, most find that they eye will adjust and use the proper ring with a little practice.
Aspheric lenses have a more gradual change between focuses.  Both of the powers are in the area of the pupil, and as with the concentric lens, the eye will adjust and learn to choose the proper focus to use.
The third type of bifocal lens is the translating lens.  Like bifocal glasses, the near correction is near the bottom of the lens and the distance correction is above.  Since these lenses can’t shift in the eye, they are usually made so that they can’t move easily.
Ask your optometrist which type of lens he’d recommend for you.  Since each will take require an adjustment period, be patient.  You may want to research brands and types of lenses before going to your optometrist to decide if you want extended wear, daily disposable lenses or conventional contact lenses. 
Whatever type you choose, the new bifocal contact lenses on the market can ensure that aging baby boomers can continue to read without sacrificing style or dignity.

Big Guy, Big Girl, does it Indirectly mean Fatty

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Being big has its perks but it can also hurt you in the long run. Discover tips on how to remove some extra weight you may not want and feel incredible.

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If you are like me, and friends and family call big guy it usually means your are a bit overweight and indirectly means fatty. If you are sick and tired of it, it time to do something about it and prove some people you are not just a big guy but and intelligent one.  Over the years being big guy has become a huge trend in sports.  Multi billions of dollars spent in advertising featuring, you guessed it, big guys pitching you a new protein bar or super supplement. With all the supplementation products, and TV this for sure proves my point.  If you look at an average person who is a bit overweight, he is considered the big guy of the group.  Some will actually enjoy that title and some will not.  Speaking from experience it is not too hot being called fatty indirectly. 

Whenever you decide to take matters into actions and prove people that you can handle this whole big guy thing, you will start noticing peoples reactions immediately.  Being big can mean problems though. Health problems that is.  High cholesterol, Diabetes, Hypertension etc.  Big guys usually encounter some of these or if not more diseases because of their size and shape.  To avoid such problems, lets take are way of thinking and our outlook to life a bit differently.  Start with eating better foods.  Preferably greens and solid complex carbohydrates like; yams, sweet potatoes, grains etc.  Greens will help you balance your PH acidic levels in your body, which will improve your health significantly and you will almost immediately notice your results. 

Having a balanced Ph level means improving your health immediately.  Ph of 7 or above means your blood is not as acidic therefore more healthy cells are produced and distributed to your organs.  It has been known that controlling your body's alkalinity will give longevity and healthy organs.

Don't put the down the ever popular protein.  Protein is the fuel to muscle gain and recovery. Although powders and pills are not necessary it may help speed the process.  Increase your protein intake to about 1 gram per 1 pound of your weight.  If you weight 185 lbs, then about 30 grams of protein in the spread of 6 meals for optimum metabolic boost.  Protein may be underestimated now days because of its high impact from the media.  But never abandon it.  Best natural protein resources are from birds; chicken, turkey, fish; tuna, yellow fin, catfish etc.  Stay away from red meat if possible, but if you still want red meat leaner cuts are very effective also. 

If you stay consistent with these tips, you will gain muscle and eliminate extra weight you may be carrying.  It is not easy to get started but once you start, like any habit you will create a life changing routines forever and disease will not face you.   Do it for yourself, improve your well being and instead of being called a big guy you can be call a dude or girl with solid ripped abs.

Biking For Health And Fitness

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There are many different types of bicycles available on the market today, the comfort bicycle, which is used by many recreational bike riders, a trail bike or light duty mountain bike, crusier bikes, recumbent bikes and heavy duty mountain bikes. No matter which type of bike, or biking interests you biking is a great way to increased stamina, improved cardiovascular strength and all around better fitness.

Recumbent bikes have become very popular for the middle aged and old...


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There are many different types of bicycles available on the market today, the comfort bicycle, which is used by many recreational bike riders, a trail bike or light duty mountain bike, crusier bikes, recumbent bikes and heavy duty mountain bikes. No matter which type of bike, or biking interests you biking is a great way to increased stamina, improved cardiovascular strength and all around better fitness.

Recumbent bikes have become very popular for the middle aged and older riders. On a recumbent bike you have a very comfortable seat that you can lean back in, quite like sitting in your favorite reclining chair. Your butt is very comfortably cushioned. Your feet are out in front of you, quite like when you're driving your car. Recumbent bikes are the fastest type of bicycle. One reason is that with your legs extended forward and pedaling in front of you, you are able to move much more weight with much less effort than on a conventional bike where your legs are underneath of you. Beginning recumbent riders will tell you it takes a while to develop what are called "recumbent muscles" but once you do you'll never go back to an ordinary bicycle.

Mountain biking is a popular activity that is enjoyed by a wide age range of people. Heavy duty mountain bikes can be quite costly, so it may be best to go to talk to a mountain biking organization about bike rental. You may only decide you need a light duty mountain bike which would also be good for regular riding. Not all mountain biking trails are killers and for experts only - they had to start somewhere too! Mountain biking trails are rated somewhat like ski trails, the easiest is green, an intermediate is blue and difficult trails are pink. Go slowly, mountain biking can be hard on the joints, and you'll need to learn how to handle the bike to minimize chance of injury.

Whichever type of bicycle you choose, just do it! Biking is a great way to achieve an aerobic work out and burn calories at the same time. The best part is that anyone can ride a bike and it's a great family recreation to be enjoyed together.

Binge Drinking: A Sober Risk for Teenagers

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When it comes to heavy drinking, the phrase “binge drinking” comes to mind. It used to mean heavy drinking that lasted for days, now, the meaning has changed. To most people, binge drinking brings to mind self-destruction and unrestrained drinking bout lasting for at least a couple of days.

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Liquor stores, bars, and alcoholic beverage companies make drinking seem attractive and fun. It's easy for anyone to get caught up in a social scene with lots of peer pressure. Inevitably, one of the biggest areas of peer pressure, especially among teenagers is drinking.

Many people, especially the youth, don't normally think about the negative side of drinking. Although they think about the consequences of getting drunk, not too much attention is given to the possibility of being hung-over or throwing up. Some people do not know that excessive drinking can lead to loss of  concentration, memory lapses, mood changes, and other problems that could affect their day-to-day life. Even with all the public health warnings, there is still a significant portion of the population that would ignore the more serious and longer-lasting risks of alchohol abuse.

When it comes to heavy drinking, the phrase “binge drinking” comes to mind. The phrase was originally used to refer to heavy drinking that lasted for several days.  Nowadays, the meaning of “binge drinking” has drastically changed. To most people, binge drinking brings to mind self-destruction and unrestrained drinking bout lasting for at least a couple of days during which time the heavily intoxicated drinker drops out by not working, ignoring responsibilities, squandering money, and engaging in other harmful behaviors such as fighting or risky sex. Binge drinking is not only dangerous to the drinker, but to the people around him or her.

According to a recent study issued by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York, about half of U.S. college students binge drink. The report states that 49 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 binge drink, consuming five or more drinks at a time. The percentage of students who drink remained about even with a similar 1993 report. The statistics show a steady increase in the number of students who engaged in binge drinking. But the proportion of students who binge drink frequently, defined as drinking three or more times over two weeks, rose by 16 percent from 1993 to 2005. Drinking 10 or more times per month rose 25 percent, and drinking three or more times per month rose 26 percent.

Binge drinking impairs judgment, so drinkers are more likely to take risks they might not take when they're sober. They may drive drunk, which then increases the risk of being involved in car accidents. Driving isn't the only motor skill that's impaired, though. Walking is also more difficult while intoxicated. In 2000, roughly one third of pedestrians 16 and older who were killed in traffic accidents were intoxicated. People who are drunk also take other risks they might not normally take when they're sober. For example, people who have impaired judgment may have unprotected sex, putting them at greater risk of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or unplanned pregnancy.

Studies also show that people who binge-drink throughout high school are more likely to be overweight and obese and have high blood pressure by the time they are 24. Just one regular beer contains about 150 calories, which adds up to a lot of calories if someone drinks four or five beers a night. Some studies have shown that people who binge-drink heavily like those who have three or more episodes of binge drinking in 2 weeks have some of the symptoms of alcoholism.

For teenagers, it can be hard for some of them to talk to adults about these issues, so an alternative person to talk to could be a trusted friend or older sibling. Drinking too much can be the result of social pressures, and sometimes it helps to know there are others who have gone through the same thing. A supportive friend or adult could help one to avoid pressure situations, stop drinking, or find counseling. There will always be someone who can help and put a halt on this dilemma.

Binge Eating - Men Also At Risk

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Binge Eating Disorder affects just about as many men as it does women, even though the stereotype is that eating disorders are thought to be a women’s disorder.  This stereotype ...

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Binge Eating Disorder affects just about as many men as it does women, even though the stereotype is that eating disorders are thought to be a women’s disorder.  This stereotype is incorrect.  There are 25 million people that struggle daily with Binge Eating Disorder.  Out of that 25 million, you may be surprised to know that 40% are men.  According to, this means that three women for every two men suffer from Binge Eating Disorder.

There are different reasons as to why men develop Binge Eating Disorder.  One cause is if they play or played sports sometime in their life that required them to be thin or to lose a lot of weight for a particular competition, such as a wrestling match or running.  Football players and body builders are still at risk, but it is lower since these sports require some meat and muscles in order to be successful.  Another reason is that the chosen profession calls for thinness, such as modeling and acting.  Men feel a pressure, just as women do, to maintain a level of thinness when they are in the public eye and when they are in looked at.

A man is more at risk for developing Binge Eating Disorder at a older age than a woman does, especially if the man had a tendency to be overweight at a child.  This is because growing up a man believes that he needs to be strong and be able to protect not only himself, but also a female.  If he is thin, this translates to fragile and he will see himself as not being powerful and not being able to get the things that he wants in life because he is considered weak.

Treatment for men is the same as women; although, men are more reluctant to visit a professional since eating disorders are considered to be female difficulties.  The professional will go into detail to find out why the man comforts himself with food.  Once the reason why he binges comes to the surface, the professional can give him ideas of how to change his behaviors.  Once this happens and once the man feels comfortable with the professional, then the journey to recovery begins.

Clearly binge eating disorder is not only a female disorder, as many males are affected too.  Regardless of being male or female, it is important to admit that your relationship with food is not healthy and to seek help on how to make it healthy once again.

By: Kristin Gerstley

Binge Eating Disorder - An Act Of Overeating

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Most of us do overeat and that should not be a concern. But once the eating gets out of control then it is sign to worry. Binge eating disorder is a condition which has newly come into the limelight as many people including kids are affected by it.

People who suffer from this disorder do not have control over their eating. Food becomes a gateway to suppress their emotion. All your emotions are channelized in one direction which later on creates more problems.

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Most of us do overeat and that should not be a concern. But once the eating gets out of control then it is sign to worry. Binge eating disorder is a condition which has newly come into the limelight as many people including kids are affected by it.

People who suffer from this disorder do not have control over their eating. Food becomes a gateway to suppress their emotion. All your emotions are channelized in one direction which later on creates more problems.

Even though binge-eating is not a so well-known phenomenon it has got into the mainstream affecting the young generation. Binge eaters are the ones who keep on eating even when they are not hungry, but are acting upon their emotions.

You would know you are a binge eater if

-you happen to eat in too much at one given point of time.
-you are unable to control your emotions when it comes to eating.
-you have no clue how much you have eaten and how much can be eaten.
-your eating tends to become more rapid and fast.
-you tend to cause pain by overeating you
-you feel guilty after eating

Even though there hasn't been any concrete proof on the reasons for binge eating. It has come to notice that people with history of depression are the main victims. Most of the negative emotions end up being binge eating disorder.

Some of the complications you can face by binge eating are

*Type 2 diabetes
*High blood pressure
*High cholesterol level
*Gallbladder problems
*Heart disease
*Weight gain
*Loss of self-esteem

Some methods to fight binge eating

*Congitive-behavioral therapy helps patients to monitor their eating habits and how to overcome them
*Interpersonal psychotherapy tries to know the relationship between family and friends to find the root of the problem
*Treatment with the help of medications to get you out of the depression
*Eating proper three meals a day which is rich in fiber and proteins
*Being around people you like avoid being alone
*Expressing your feelings by talking to friends and family
*Just take a walk or go for jogging if the urge to eat is too much
*Drink plenty of water and keep having nutritious and tasty food

title:Binge Eating is Not Black and White
author:Kristin Gerstley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

It’s the little things that you will need to notice and congratulate yourself on when beginning the recovery process of Binge Eating Disorder.  These little things will be the stepping stones to gaining full control over yourself when food is involved.  These tiny stepping stones will prove to you that you are in control, at least somewhat control, of your actions.  It’s time for you to rejoice in them, instead of beating yourself up about why you aren’t fully recovered yet.
Are you someone that binges twice a day for about five days out of the week?  What are your trigger foods that you binge on?  Let’s say that an example day of binging for you includes three bags of chips, one whole cake, one gallon of ice cream, ten cookies, and three sugary, carbonated drinks.  When you start to take notice of you eating less, you need to pat yourself on the back.  Instead of three bags of chips, do you only consume one?  If so, this is a building block for your road to success.  Instead of ten cookies, do you only eat two?  Again, time to congratulate yourself for this accomplishment.
The reason why this is so important for your recovery is because most people see their life as black or white.  Their life is either good or bad, right or wrong, sad or happy.  Who puts these stipulations on us?  Why such extremes?  When you rid yourself of these chains and start living your life in most of the gray area, you will take things as they come and not be so hard on yourself for failing.  Extremes will lead you to failure because it will be highly impossible that you will be able to live that way. 
When you can learn to accept yourself, including all of your flaws, this is when you move into the gray area of life.  The gray area allows for mistakes and is a constant learning experience.  The gray area also allows falling, but pushes you to get right back up.  The gray area is where we all need to be living; but sadly, it is not most of our realities.
We put insurmountable pressure on ourselves to be perfect.  We want the perfect car, the perfect outfit, the perfect body.  Society helps to fill our head with the perfect mentality.  Anything short of that will not do.  We are taught that perfectionism is the only way and that we should all constantly be striving for it.
Get out of that mindset.  You will only be setting yourself up for failure.  It’s the harsh reality of it.  Learn to live and prosper in the gray area.  Congratulate yourself for the small things that you overcome throughout your day.  It’s when you are at the point of seeing your obstacles being taken over by you that you will be creating your own path for recovery of Binge Eating Disorder.
By: Kristin Gerstley
Binge Eating is Not Black and White Thinking

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In order to begin the recovery process of Binge Eating Disorder, you must change your extreme thinking.   Extreme thinking, or black and white thinking, will most likely cause you to binge more and more.  When you let go of the holds you place on yourself, you can begin to welcome the little things that will lead you to recovery.

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It’s the little things that you will need to notice and congratulate yourself on when beginning the recovery process of Binge Eating Disorder.  These little things will be the stepping stones to gaining full control over yourself when food is involved.  These tiny stepping stones will prove to you that you are in control, at least somewhat control, of your actions.  It’s time for you to rejoice in them, instead of beating yourself up about why you aren’t fully recovered yet.

Are you someone that binges twice a day for about five days out of the week?  What are your trigger foods that you binge on?  Let’s say that an example day of binging for you includes three bags of chips, one whole cake, one gallon of ice cream, ten cookies, and three sugary, carbonated drinks.  When you start to take notice of you eating less, you need to pat yourself on the back.  Instead of three bags of chips, do you only consume one?  If so, this is a building block for your road to success.  Instead of ten cookies, do you only eat two?  Again, time to congratulate yourself for this accomplishment.

The reason why this is so important for your recovery is because most people see their life as black or white.  Their life is either good or bad, right or wrong, sad or happy.  Who puts these stipulations on us?  Why such extremes?  When you rid yourself of these chains and start living your life in most of the gray area, you will take things as they come and not be so hard on yourself for failing.  Extremes will lead you to failure because it will be highly impossible that you will be able to live that way. 

When you can learn to accept yourself, including all of your flaws, this is when you move into the gray area of life.  The gray area allows for mistakes and is a constant learning experience.  The gray area also allows falling, but pushes you to get right back up.  The gray area is where we all need to be living; but sadly, it is not most of our realities.

We put insurmountable pressure on ourselves to be perfect.  We want the perfect car, the perfect outfit, the perfect body.  Society helps to fill our head with the perfect mentality.  Anything short of that will not do.  We are taught that perfectionism is the only way and that we should all constantly be striving for it.

Strive to get out of that mindset.  You will only be setting yourself up for failure.  It’s the harsh reality of it.  Learn to live and prosper in the gray area.  Congratulate yourself for the small things that you overcome throughout your day.  It’s when you are at the point of seeing your obstacles being taken over by you that you will be creating your own path for recovery of Binge Eating Disorder.

By: Kristin Gerstley

Bingo History: Story of the Game Bingo

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Here you can read about the history of the popular game bingo, which includes dried beans, stuttering girls and mad professors.

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The origins of contemporary bingo go back to 16th century Italy, where the lottery game Lo Giuoco del Lotto dItalia was introduced. The popular chance game was introduced to North America in the late 1920s by the name of Beano.  A toy salesperson of New York was responsible for changing the name of the game into Bingo and to the increase of its popularity throughout the US.

In the late 18th century, the original Italian lotto game made its way to France. Historical evidence shows that a game called Le Lotto was popular among the French high society who used to play the game in parties and social gatherings.

Le Lotto used to be played with special cards that were divided into three rows and nine columns. Each of the three columns consists of 10 numbers, while each column had five random number and four blank spaces in it. Each player had a different lotto card where he used to mark the number announced by the caller. The first player to cover one row won the game.

By the 19th century, the lotto game spread around Europe and started to serve as a didactic childrens game. In the 1850s, several educational lotto games had entered the German toys market. The lotto games purpose was to teach children how to spell words, how to multiply numbers, etc.

By 1920s, a similar version to the lotto game, known as beano was popular at county fairs throughout the US. In beano, the players placed beans on their cards to mark the called out number. The first player who completed a full row on his card, used to yell out Beano!, until one night in December 1929, when a New Yorker toys salesperson by the name of Edwin S. Lowe visited a country fair outside Jacksonville, Georgia.

On his way back to New York, Lowe had purchased beano equipment including dried beans, a rubber numbering stamp and cardboard. At his New York home, Lowe has been hosting friendly beano games. During one game, one excited winner who had managed to complete a full row stuttered out Bingo, instead of Beano. Listening to the excited stuttering girl, Edwin S. Lowe thoughts went away. Lowe decided to develop a new game that would be called Bingo.

While Lowe’s Bingo game was making its first steps in the market, a Pennsylvanian priest asked Lowe to use the game for charity purpose. After a short tryout period, the priest had found out that the bingo game causes the churches to lose money. Since the variety of bingo cards was limited, each bingo game ended up in more than five winners.

In order to develop the game and to lower the probabilities of winning, Lowe approached Prof. Carl Leffler, a mathematician from Columbia University. Leffler was asked to create bigger variety of bingo cards that each of them will have unique combination of numbers. By 1930, Lowe had 6,000 bingo cards and Prof. Leffler went insane.

Since then, the popularity of the bingo game as a fundraiser continued to grow. In less than five years, about 10,000 weekly bingo games took place throughout North America. Lowe’s company grew to employ several thousands of employees and to occupy more than 60 presses 24 hours a day.

Now, bingo is one of the most popular chance games in the world. It is played in churches, schools, local bingo halls and land based casinos in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.

title:Biohazards At Work
author:Alexandra Gubbins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Each week there are 9 people killed at work in the UK, with one person in 17 having an accident at work each year. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that at any one time there will be 2 million workers in the UK suffering from some kind of occupational ill health, from stress to manual lifting injuries.
Schedule 3 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations covers the law on biological hazards. Bio hazards can be defined as “…[a hazard] which is posed to humans by a biological organism, or by a material produced by such an organism” (Oxford University).
Biological hazards include viruses, bacteria, fungi, poisonous plants, and animal droppings.
There are thousands of people who work in industries in which they come into contact with biohazards. Some of these industries include:
- Medicine. At hospitals and clinics needlestick injuries pose a significant biohazard threat.
- Sewage disposal and working with water. Bacteria are the main biohazard in this line of work.
- Agriculture. Bacteria often present biohazards in agriculture, as well as viruses such as avian flu.
Medical workers
Needlestick injuries are a great risk to medical workers in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as in veterinary workers when injecting animals. They carry risk of infection of HIV, and Hepatitis B and C for both the people who are using the needles, and those disposing of them, such as waste disposal contractors.
To reduce the chance of an accident at work occurring, proper disposal of needles is essential. In the place of work there should be a clear procedure to dispose of used needles safely and with as little risk as possible.
Sewage disposal and water workers
Bacteria that cause illnesses such as Weil’s Disease and infections of the skin and eyes are a major health hazard for sewage and water workers.
There should be proper protection provided by employers for people working in this industry, including gloves, footwear, eye and respiratory protection, and face visors. Clean water, soap and towels should also be made available to prevent an biohazard related accident at work.
Agriculture workers
High levels of airborne bacteria and fungi are found in agriculture settings, and people working in the agriculture industry can suffer respiratory disorders as a result.
Wearing face masks, glasses and rubber gloves are ways in which the risk that bacteria pose, both airborne and otherwise, can be lessened for agriculture workers.
Avian flu was identified in 1997 as a virus that began infecting humans, and is beginning to be seen as posing a wider threat. Although no instances have been found of it yet in the UK, this may be a problem in the future. It is passed when a person inhales the virus from being near an infected bird.
Negligent exposure to biohazards
If the proper health regulations are not adhered to, workers become exposed to these biohazards and become unwell, sometimes with minor illnesses and sometimes with something much more serious.
People who have suffered an illness or accident at work through exposure to biological hazards should consult a legal professional about getting compensation.
At George Ide, Phillips we have solicitors who specialise in needlestick injuries and other claims following an accident at work. We have successfully handled thousands of personal injury claims on a no cost, no win, no fee basis for people in the UK.
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Biologic Treatments of Arthritis

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Biological products are a relatively new class of drugs used for the treatment of RA. Biologics differ from conventional drugs in that they are derived from living sources, such as cell culture systems.

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Conventional drugs are chemically synthesized. Of the four currently licensed biologics, three help reduce inflammation and structural damage of the joints by blocking a substance called tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a protein involved in immune system responses. Elevated levels of TNF are found in the synovial fluid of rheumatoid and some other arthritis patients.

The first biologic to receive FDA approval for patients with moderate-to-severe RA was Enbrel (etanercept). Initially, it was taken twice weekly by injection, but a once-weekly preparation is now available. Enbrel has been shown to decrease pain and morning stiffness and improve joint swelling and tenderness. In 2000, the drug's approved uses were expanded to include delaying structural damage. Besides RA, Enbrel now has been approved for two other common forms of arthritis: psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

The two other TNF-blocking products approved to treat RA are Remicade (infliximab) and Humira (adalimumab), a drug that provided the long-awaited relief for Shirley through a 2002 clinical trial. All three TNF blockers have been demonstrated to improve physical function in studies of at least two years in duration.

"While all three inhibit the action of TNF," says Jeffrey N. Siegel, M.D., team leader for the FDA's Division of Therapeutic Biological Internal Medicine Products, "they do it in somewhat different ways." Remicade and Humira are monoclonal antibodies, laboratory-produced proteins similar to those made by a person's immune system that bind and remove TNF from the body before it can set off the immune reaction responsible for RA.

Enbrel, on the other hand, is a soluble cytokine receptor, which means it is similar in structure to protein molecules found attached to the surface of cells that bind TNF. Enbrel competes with these receptors to inhibit them from binding TNF, thus blocking them from setting off the immune process responsible for RA, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Siegel warns that caution is important when using these agents as treatments. "All TNF blockers are associated with infection," he says.

Kineret (anakinra), another biologic approved by the FDA for patients with RA, has been shown in clinical trials to improve pain and swelling and slow the progression of structural damage in patients.
Arthritis Treatment Devices

Two medical device products, Hyalgan and Synvisc, are preparations that mimic a naturally occurring body substance that lubricates the knee joint called hyaluronic acid. The products, which were approved by the FDA for the treatment of OA of the knee, are injected directly into the knee joint to help provide temporary relief of pain and flexible joint movement.

Another device used in arthritis treatment is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which has been found effective in modifying pain perception. TENS blocks pain messages to the brain by directing mild electric pulses to nerve endings that lie beneath the painful area of the skin.

A blood-filtering device called the Prosorba Column is used in some cases for filtering out harmful antibodies in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Heat and cold can both be used to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Patients and their doctors can determine which one works best.

Thanks to the right treatment, Shirley says his pain level today is only about 10 percent of what it once was. "Looking back on those days," he says, "it's hard to believe all the things I can do now. I've regained mobility and strength." And once again, Shirley can mow the lawn, cook meals, fix things around his house, and even pursue his favorite hobby of bird watching.

"Rheumatoid arthritis is now an illness for which newer treatments offer the real likelihood of patients being able to pursue a lifestyle without the limitations imposed by joint pain and deformity," adds Birbara.
Importance of Diet and Exercise

Arthritis experts say there's value in physical activity, the right diet, and other non-medicinal interventions that can help prevent arthritis, reduce pain, and keep people moving, as emphasized in a 10-year initiative called Healthy People 2010. A comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention program developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2010 contains 467 objectives for improving the nation's health in conditions such as cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and arthritis.

Research in 2004, for example, demonstrated that exercise and diet together significantly improve physical function and reduce knee pain in people older than 60 who are overweight or obese, according to both the Arthritis Foundation and the American College of Rheumatology. The results of the study are published in the May 2002 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Similarly, pain and disability accompanying all types of arthritis can be minimized through early diagnosis and appropriate management, including self-management, physical and occupational therapy, joint replacement surgery, weight control, and physical activity.

According to the CDC, research shows that physical activity decreases joint pain, improves function and a person's mood and outlook, and delays disability. Exercise helps reduce the pain and fatigue of many different kinds of arthritis and helps people work and do daily activities and remain independent. Range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance exercises, such as moving a joint as far as it will go, using muscles without moving joints, and aerobic exercises, respectively, are beneficial in decreasing fatigue, strengthening muscles and bones, increasing flexibility and stamina, and improving the general sense of well-being.

It's important that people stay at their recommended weight, especially as they get older, because being overweight makes them more at risk for OA. Extra weight increases the risk for getting OA in the knees and possibly in the hips. This is especially true for women. In men, extra weight increases the risk for getting another common form of arthritis, gout (excess uric acid in the blood), as well. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding joint injuries reduces the risk of developing arthritis and decreases disease progression.

Some people claim to have been cured by treatment with herbs, oils, chemicals, special diets, radiation, or other products. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), however, there is no scientific evidence that such treatments cure arthritis. Moreover, some of these unproven treatments may lead to serious side effects. Patients should talk to their doctors before using any therapy that has not been prescribed or recommended by their health care team.
Juvenile Arthritis

Nearly 300,000 children in the United States have a form of juvenile arthritis or a rheumatic disease that occurs before age 16. The most common form in children is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The cause of most forms of juvenile arthritis remains unknown. Juvenile arthritis is not contagious, and there is no evidence that foods, toxins, allergies, or vitamin deficiencies play a role. Current research indicates that there may be a genetic predisposition to juvenile arthritis. In other words, the combination of genes a child inherits may contribute to the development of arthritis when combined with other undefined factors. Most of the symptoms of juvenile arthritis are due to inflammation as a result of imbalances in the immune system. Despite not knowing the exact cause or causes, there are many effective treatments available to help children and their parents manage juvenile arthritis. Experts say that most children with arthritis can expect to live normal lives.
The Future

Many government and private organizations are working together to carry out a plan to guide the use of the nation's resources to decrease the burden of arthritis for all Americans and increase the quality of life of those affected by arthritis. Called the "National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy," it provides a blueprint for reducing pain, activity limitations, and disability among people with arthritis, as well as for preventing certain types of arthritis.

As for the safety of future arthritis treatments, experience has shown that the full magnitude of some potential risks of all drugs has not always emerged during the mandatory safety and effectiveness studies conducted before the FDA can approve a drug. As always, the agency advises physicians to consider the evolving information on any medication in evaluating the risks and benefits of these drugs in individual patients.

Bionic Men: Using Mechanical Devices to Cure Impotence

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There are mechanical and surgical treatments for impotence that a sufferer can explore with the help of medical advice.

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Over the last few years, impotent men around the world have relied on some little blue pills to help them obtain and maintain their erections. But the pills are not without their complications. Some men experience side effects while taking oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil). These side effects can range from headache, flushing of the face and body, indigestion, runny nose, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, muscle pains and vision disturbances. These medications are also contraindicated for patients taking nitrate-based drugs or alpha-blockers, because interaction with PDE5 inhibitors can be fatal. Viagra has also been reported to cause permanently impaired vision or even blindness in some patients. Other drug treatments available involve direct injections to the penis or shooting pellets down the urinary pipe, both of which can be unpleasant for patients. It is because of these side effects from drug treatments that some men prefer to explore other possibilities such as mechanical or surgical methods to deal with their condition.

There are a number of mechanical devices available to aid impotent men, such as vacuum pumps, penis rings and vibrators. Vacuum pumps are cylinders that fit over the penis, which allow the user to draw up blood to the member by sucking out the air. Once the member is engorged, a specially designed penis ring can be fitted on to the base of the shaft to help stop the blood from draining back to the body. Vibrating devices can also be used to vitalize the male member either by direct contact or by stimulating the prostate. Some men may feel too embarrassed to purchase such devices because of a social stigma attached to them. However, privacy issues can be dealt with by ordering these through the Internet.

On the other hand, surgery is a much more drastic step to take when dealing with impotence. Surgery usually has one of three goals: to implant a device that can cause the penis to become erect; to reconstruct arteries to increase flow of blood to the penis; or to block off veins that allow blood to leak from the penile tissues. Prostheses are mechanical devices that surgeons insert into the penis to allow men to manually raise or inflate the penis for sexual intercourse and to lower it afterwards. Patients can choose to have either a flexible sterile rod put into the shaft or an inflatable implant that comes with its own fluid reservoir and pump, although the latter is preferred because it leaves the penis into a more natural state. Possible problems can occur as with many other implants, such as bleeding, infection and the breakdown of the mechanical device although the latter has been somewhat limited because of recent technological advances.

There are cases of impotence that benefit from penile arterial revascularization. It is designed to keep blood flowing by rerouting it around a blocked or injured vessel at the base of the shaft, usually due to a pelvic fracture or blunt trauma. This procedure is recommended for men under the age of 45 with no known risk factors for atherosclerosis, a condition where progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of medium-sized and large arteries as a result of fat deposits on their inner lining. Surgeons microscopically connect nearby arteries to keep the blood circulating into the penis.

On the other hand, venous ligation surgery is done to correct leaking veins. This leakage decreases the amount of blood to the penis, thereby resulting in a diminished erection. Surgeons intentionally block off problem areas to ensure that the appropriate amount of blood is trapped to create an erection. However, ligation only has a 50% long term success rate so it is rarely used to correct impotence.

Patients who are considering vascular surgery should be aware that it is still widely regarded as experimental and may not be covered by your health insurance. There are also conditions that can exclude men from being a candidate for surgery, such as insulin-dependent diabetes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and tobacco use. The procedures can also cause penile scarring(fibrosis), numbness or some pain. 

It is important to discuss the possible complications with your doctor before consenting to any type of surgery. Also, because of the experimental nature of the procedures, not all urologists may be trained to perform the delicate surgery. If necessary, get a second opinion. It might be a better idea to try non-surgical treatment options before attempting anything invasive. Most importantly, don't forget that the brain is the primary sexual organ in the body. Being open with your partner about the condition and exploring other avenues of pleasure can be just as beneficial to you as any medical procedures.

author:Dr. Randy Wysong
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Have you ever wondered what causes that warm glow inside, the sense of peace and exhilaration when walking through the woods or sitting by the ocean and watching the sunset?  How about the beauty of a fresh snowfall clinging to trees, the smell and feel of the first warm day in spring, or the vistas of unspoiled prairies or mountain ranges?   Watching animals in the wild or even the behavior and antics of our pets can affect us similarly.   Virtually everyone is touched by such experiences even though we seem to be increasingly alienating and isolating ourselves from nature. Biologists call this phenomenon biophilia – defined as the human need for and love of natural places.
As you canoe a beautiful, crystal clear stream, is not the mood changed when you come upon an old tire lurking in the depths?   How about the beer bottle you trip over on your "wilderness" backpack adventure?  Do the plastic bags entangling your bare feet as you stroll the beach not spoil the mood?  What becomes of the view of the open prairie or desert with billowing factory smoke in the distance?  Is the wonder of the ocean sunrise diminished by offshore derricks interrupting the horizon?  Do you like the dead silence of the forest pierced with the distant sound of a chain saw?
The interjection of human activity into these natural settings spoils them.  It can change the mood from peace, wonder and personal reflection to disgust, anger and a sense of futility.  Tripping over a pop can in nature is like interrupting a beautiful symphony by starting up an un-muffled Harley Davidson.
On the other hand, the chaos of centuries of forest refuse strewn about is a thing of beauty.  In contrast, human refuse and junkyards are ugly and repulsive. The reason for this double standard is that we are, at our core, part of nature – not synthetics.  Just as birds of a feather flock together, we bind to our own kind as well.  Nature is our kind; synthetic and industrial artificiality is not.
What our world may be coming to.
Everything in nature is connected. Neurons and blood vessels course through the body interconnecting every single tissue with what is sensed from the external environment.   As we breathe, lung tissue connects to the atmosphere.  Seeing and hearing is the nexus of light and sound, via chemical reactions in the tissues of our eyes and ears, to the rest of the body. Smelling, tasting and touching similarly reach out for contact.
When we feel the wind in our face, the crunch of snow underfoot, listen to a bubbling stream, breathe the aroma of a forest, marvel at the flight of geese in formation, or gaze in awe into the nighttime infinite heavens, we are connecting.
Joining with nature is like coming home, harmonizing with the world, connecting to that which is familiar, touching our very origins.
Biophilia obviously speaks to protecting nature, but is also key to understanding illness since health is balance and balance requires connection to our source of life – nature.  There is a direct proportionality.  Break the interconnections with nature and illness will result in lockstep.  Restore these balances by returning to nature, and physical, mental and spiritual health is the reward.  Nature is indeed both a treasure and a lifeline.  We should treat it as such.
*Further Reading:
[The Wysong Optimal Health Program™]
[Preserved Wetlands Are Not a Waste]
title:Bipolar Depression
author:David Chandler
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What is Bipolar Depression?
The distinguishing characteristic of bipolar depression, as compared to other mood disorders, is the presence of at least one manic episode.  Additionally, it is presumed to be a chronic condition because the vast majority of individuals who have one manic episode have additional episodes in the future.  The statistics suggest that four episodes in ten years is an average, without preventative treatment.  Every individual with bipolar depression has a unique pattern of mood cycles, combining depression and manic episodes, which is specific to that individual, but predictable once the pattern is identified.  Research studies suggest a strong genetic influence in bipolar depression.
Bipolar depression typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life.  Bipolar depression is often not recognized as a psychological problem, because it is episodic.  Consequently, those who have bipolar depression may suffer needlessly for years without treatment.
Treatment for Bipolar Depression
Effective treatment is available for bipolar depression.  Without treatment, marital breakups, job loss, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide may result from the chronic, episodic mood swings.  The most significant treatment issue is noncompliance with treatment.  Most individuals with bipolar depression do not perceive their manic episodes as needing treatment, and they resist entering treatment.  In fact, most people report feeling very good during the beginning of a manic episode, and do not want it to stop.  This is a serious judgment problem.  As the manic episode progresses, concentration becomes difficult, thinking becomes more grandiose, and problems develop.  Unfortunately, the risk taking behavior usually results in significant painful consequences such as loss of a job or a relationship, running up excessive debts, or getting into legal difficulties.  Many individuals with bipolar depression abuse drugs or alcohol during manic episodes, and some of these develop secondary substance abuse problems.  Therefore, it is advisable to treat Bipolar Depression at its early stage
title:Bird Flu
author:Peter John Bell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Bird Flu Prevention
Bird Flu is coming to our shores, make no mistake. Its not if but when. Simple preventive measures can help to prevent its spread both to poultry and humans.
The Media have been harping on about Bird Flu for months. So much so that we have all become bored of it...Just like the imminemt "SARS" outbreak we were going to have a few years ago. Well don't become complacent, because its not if the deadly Avian Flu strain H5N1 reaches our shores, but WHEN!!
What is Bird Flue??
Bird Flu or H5N1 to give it its scientific name, first came to light in Hong Kong in 1997, where it jumped the species barrier from birds to humans and infected 18 poultry workers. Six of whom died. It has been steadily spreading throughout Asia since then and is now likely to spread throughout Europe also!!
What Are The Symptoms of Bird Flu?? Bird Flu infection in humans portrays classic flu symptoms such as Fever, Headache and Muscle Aches and Pains.Although as Bird Flu Primarily affects the respiratory tract, breathing difficulties and chest pain also ocurr.Another symptom is conjunctivitis (Eye Infections).
Preventing Bird Flue
If and when the Avian Flu Virus mutates into an easily transmittable human form. There are a few simple Anti Viral measures that can be taken to minimize the risk of you contracting the lethal H5N1 Virus. These include, the frequent washing of hands with Ant-Viral soap, the wearing of an anti viral mask and gloves when out in public, and other common sense measures which are discussed on the website.
Whera Can I find the Latest News on Bird Flu
The latest News on Bird Flu and its worldwide impact can be found at There are many Health Related articles on this site including in depth information on the impending Avian Flu Pandemic.
Is The World Taking It Seriously
YES....There have Already been meetings of top associations from Industry, Farming, the World Health Organization, and even the Banks....Proving that this is a real threat and if Cpommerce and the Banks are worried then so should we...Find out more at
So the conclusion to all this is: Bird Flu is a real threat both to Poultry and Humans...IT IS COMING!!! But using simple Anti Viral measures, we can help minimize its spread and stay alive!!!
More information and News on the Worldwide Spread of Avian Flue, and other Health related articles can be found by visiting
title:Bird Flu and Tamiflu—Making Your Supply of Tamiflu Go Farther in an Emergency
author:Bradford Frank M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I have discussed Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) previously – see Bird Flu: Tamiflu and Relenza for Prevention and Treatment in the Articles section on our Web site,  This current article adds important information about making your supply of Tamiflu go farther in an emergency situation.
First, as I noted in my previous article, it is important to be aware of the fact that the effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza has been studied against circulating strains of human influenza (so called seasonal influenza), not against the bird flu virus. In a study reported in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Yen and others from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee found that in animal experiments eight-day regimens of Tamiflu were more effective than the suggested five-day regimen for treating infections with the H5N1 bird-flu virus.
The authors concluded that a prolonged and higher-dose oseltamivir regimen may be required for the most beneficial antiviral effect.  This possibility was recently underscored when two Vietnamese (one a 13 year old girl) died of bird flu—as reported in a December 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine—even after receiving treatment within the required 48 hours after the start of infection with standard doses of Tamiflu.
Let’s assume that you have one treatment course of Tamiflu (one 75 mg tablet taken twice a day for five days, for a total of 10 pills), that you either acquired on your own or that was given to you by your healthcare provider or by the government. Unfortunately you are still not home free yet, so to speak. You now may face one of two problems:
Problem # 1: If preliminary scientific studies indicating that a course of treatment of bird flu using higher doses than those currently recommended by the FDA, for more than the current recommended five days of treatment are correct—as indicated by Dr. Yen’s research—you will need more that one dose pack.  In fact, the best treatment might mean taking two pills (150 mg) twice a day for eight or even ten days. That would mean that you should have FOUR dose packs (40 pills) for the treatment of one person, not just one! 
Problem # 2: You have a dose pack—officially the amount need to treatment one person—but there are two people who just became infected with bird flu in your family.  If you combine this problem with problem number one, you now actually need EIGHT dose packs, not just two!
What can you do?  There are two possible solutions:
SOLUTION # 1: Take PROBENECID, a medicine approved for the treatment of gout, along with the Tamiflu. Probenecid interferes with the normal metabolism of Tamiflu, increasing the blood level of Tamiflu and keeping it in circulation longer—effectively doubling the amount of Tamiflu “exposure.”  The precise dose is unclear. Until more scientific information becomes available, in an emergency situation, for otherwise healthy adults, I would recommend taking one 500 mg table twice daily.  Probenecid is generally very safe.  Nevertheless, I have included detailed information about it below.
According to information about probenecid from the National Library of Medicine’s and the National Institutes of Health’s Web site Medline Plus (available at
Probenecid (proe-BEN-e-sid) is used in the treatment of chronic gout or gouty arthritis. These conditions are caused by too much uric acid in the blood. The medicine works by removing the extra uric acid from the body. Probenecid does not cure gout, but after you have been taking it for a few months it will help prevent gout attacks. This medicine will help prevent gout attacks only as long as you continue to take it.
Probenecid is also used to prevent or treat other medical problems that may occur if too much uric acid is present in the body.
Probenecid is sometimes used with certain kinds of antibiotics to make them more effective in the treatment of infections.
Probenecid is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form (tablets):
a. Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For probenecid, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to probenecid. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy—Probenecid has not been shown to cause birth defects or other problems in humans.
Breast-feeding—Probenecid has not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children—Probenecid has been tested in children 2 to 14 years of age for use together with antibiotics. It has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults. Studies on the effects of probenecid in patients with gout have been done only in adults. Gout is very rare in children.
Older adults—Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. There is no specific information comparing use of probenecid in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines—Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking probenecid, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any of the following:
Antineoplastics (cancer medicine)—The chance of serious side effects may be increased
Aspirin or other salicylates—These medicines may keep probenecid from working properly for treating gout, depending on the amount of aspirin or other salicylate that you take and how often you take it
Heparin—Probenecid may increase the effects of heparin, which increases the chance of side effects
Indomethacin (e.g., Indocin)
Ketoprofen (e.g., Orudis)
Methotrexate (e.g., Mexate)—Probenecid may increase the blood levels of these medicines, which increases the chance of side effects
Medicine for infection, including tuberculosis or virus infection—Probenecid may increase the blood levels of many of these medicines. In some cases, this is a desired effect and probenecid may be used to help the other medicine work better. However, the chance of side effects is sometimes also increased
Nitrofurantoin (e.g., Furadantin)—Probenecid may keep nitrofurantoin from working properly
Zidovudine (e.g., AZT, Retrovir)—Probenecid increases the blood level of zidovudine and may allow lower doses of zidovudine to be used. However, the chance of side effects is also increased
Other medical problems—The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of probenecid. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Blood disease or
Cancer being treated by antineoplastics (cancer medicine) or radiation (x-rays) or
Kidney disease or stones (or history of) or
Stomach ulcer (history of)—The chance of side effects may be increased
b. Proper Use of This Medicine If probenecid upsets your stomach, it may be taken with food. If this does not work, an antacid may be taken. If stomach upset (nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite) continues, check with your doctor.
For patients taking probenecid for gout:
After you begin to take probenecid, gout attacks may continue to occur for a while. However, if you take this medicine regularly as directed by your doctor, the attacks will gradually become less frequent and less painful than before. After you have been taking probenecid for several months, they may stop completely.
This medicine will help prevent gout attacks but it will not relieve an attack that has already started. Even if you take another medicine for gout attacks, continue to take this medicine also. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
For patients taking probenecid for gout or to help remove uric acid from the body:
When you first begin taking probenecid, the amount of uric acid in the kidneys is greatly increased. This may cause kidney stones or other kidney problems in some people. To help prevent this, your doctor may want you to drink at least 10 to 12 full glasses (8 ounces each) of fluids each day, or to take another medicine to make your urine less acid. It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions very carefully.
The dose of probenecid will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of probenecid. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
For treating gout or removing uric acid from the body:
Adults: 250 mg (one-half of a 500-mg tablet) two times a day for about one week, then 500 mg (one tablet) two times a day for a few weeks. After this, the dose will depend on the amount of uric acid in your blood or urine. Most people need 2, 3, or 4 tablets a day, but some people may need higher doses.
Children: It is not likely that probenecid will be needed to treat gout or to remove uric acid from the body in children. If a child needs this medicine, however, the dose would have to be determined by the doctor.
For helping antibiotics work better:
Adults: The amount of probenecid will depend on the condition being treated. Sometimes, only one dose of 2 tablets is needed. Other times, the dose will be 1 tablet four times a day.
Children: The dose will have to be determined by the doctor. It depends on the child's weight, as well as on the condition being treated. Older children and teenagers may need the same amount as adults.
Missed dose—
If you are taking probenecid regularly and you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if you do not remember until it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
c. Precautions While Using This Medicine
If you will be taking probenecid for more than a few weeks, your doctor should check your progress at regular visits.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the person in charge that you are taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by probenecid.
For diabetic patients:
Probenecid may cause false test results with copper sulfate urine sugar tests (Clinitest®), but not with glucose enzymatic urine sugar tests (Clinistix®). If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.
For patients taking probenecid for gout or to help remove uric acid from the body:
Taking aspirin or other salicylates may lessen the effects of probenecid. This will depend on the dose of aspirin or other salicylate that you take, and on how often you take it. Also, drinking too much alcohol may increase the amount of uric acid in the blood and lessen the effects of this medicine. Therefore, do not take aspirin or other salicylates or drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine, unless you have first checked with your doctor.
d. Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
The following side effects may mean that you are having an allergic reaction to this medicine. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Fast or irregular breathing;  puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes;  shortness of breath, troubled breathing, tightness in chest, or wheezing;  changes in the skin color of the face occurring together with any of the other side effects listed here;  or skin rash, hives, or itching occurring together with any of the other side effects listed here 
Also, check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Less common
Bloody urine;  difficult or painful urination ;  lower back or side pain (especially if severe or sharp);  skin rash, hives, or itching (occurring without other signs of an allergic reaction) 
Cloudy urine;  cough or hoarseness;  fast or irregular breathing;  fever;  pain in back and/or ribs;  sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth;  sore throat and fever with or without chills;  sudden decrease in the amount of urine;  swelling of face, fingers, feet, and/or lower legs;  swollen and/or painful glands ;  unusual bleeding or bruising;  unusual tiredness or weakness;  yellow eyes or skin ;  weight gain 
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
More common
Headache;  joint pain, redness, or swelling ;  loss of appetite;  nausea or vomiting (mild) 
Less common
Dizziness;  flushing or redness of face (occurring without any signs of an allergic reaction);  frequent urge to urinate;  sore gums 
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
SOLUTION # 2: Unless you are a divine follower of the late Mahatma Gandhi, who used to drink his urine daily, this solution is not nearly as appealing as taking probenecid.  However, it apparently would be very effective. Dr. Grattan Woodson, a specialist in internal medicine at the Druid Oaks Health Center in Decatur, Georgia, offers the following advice for emergency treatment of bird flu:*  This is an advanced, potentially life-saving emergency strategy, that should only be done under medical supervision—unless none is available.
Tamiflu Re-Administration Strategy: Tamiflu is excreted unchanged almost entirely in the urine. If Tamiflu supplies are limited, as they most certainly will be [during a bird-flu pandemic], consider giving the patient two Tamiflu tablets at the same time, collect the patient’s urine and re-administer it to the patient via naso-gastric (NG) tube or orally. If managed carefully, this approach means that you can completely treat a patient with only 2 Tamiflu tablets [by re-administering the patient’s urine daily for five to 10 days].
*Woodson G: Preparing for The Coming Influenza Pandemic. Available at:

Bird Flu Drive Thru?

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I’ll have a burger and fries to go and while I’m here check me for the bird flu.

Well,… no not as such, but drive thru’s may be set up in VA hospitals in America as a suggestion by the government as a quick way of testing people who suspect they may have the bird flu.(This drive thru technique was used last year for a vaccine program in the U.S .)

With the virus already having been found in European birds now, precautions are already being put in place to combat its spr...


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I’ll have a burger and fries to go and while I’m here check me for the bird flu.

Well,… no not as such, but drive thru’s may be set up in VA hospitals in America as a suggestion by the government as a quick way of testing people who suspect they may have the bird flu.(This drive thru technique was used last year for a vaccine program in the U.S .)

With the virus already having been found in European birds now, precautions are already being put in place to combat its spread to the U.S but it seems only a matter of weeks or months away before it arrives there too. If the disease mutates enough, at the moment it seems that the avian flu virus hasn’t mutated to the point of being easily spread as it centers itself too deep in the lungs and can’t escape through the usual avenues that the other flu virus is passed on…. e.g. from coughing and sneezing.

How is this going to affect you in your day to day living? It could bring up a lot of problems for everyone both socially and financially, due to the fact the all lot of people wont be able to go to work and we’ll all probably have to avoid being in crowded areas,…. so work and schools will probably have to close down or take some kind of precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. You may also find more and more people using the internet to carry on their work.

From listening to some of the recent news releases stockpiles of vaccines are already in place to vaccinate some but not enough for all of the population, so another headache to overcome as to who gets the vaccine and who doesn’t. But enough!.. of the bad news this may all blow over and we will look back at this “Avian flu” and laugh and compare it to all the ranting and raving with that took place a couple of years ago when we were all told that the “Millennium bug” would be the undoing of us all and planes would fall out of the sky.

And…either way whether it does or doesn’t happen, the big pharmaceutical company’s are guaranteed to be laughing all the way to the bank!!

title:Bird Flu Is In The U.S.!
author:Michael Murphy, CFA
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In that great Hitchcock thriller, the birds start attacking Tippi Hedron (Melanie Griffith's mom, for trivia fans) in Mendocino for no particular reason.Today, Ms. Hedron works actively in films, international relief efforts and for animal causes.She may get an ironic opportunity to combine her charity works with birds again, because scientists around the world are looking nervously at the increasing possibility of a return of avian influenza, also known as the bird flu.First identified in Italy in 1900, it is the H5N1 virus implicated in the great Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919 that killed about 40 million people.I say "implicated in" instead of "caused," because it was government policies that made the death toll much higher than it needed to be.But there is no doubt H5N1 is a major killer.
There are three steps H5N1 has to go through in order to get to people.First, there needs to be a lot of infected birds.Almost 200 million chickens have been killed or died in Asia in the last year due to avian flu infection.Strike One.  Next, unless someone eats diseased poultry, the flu has to cross species into an animal that can easily infect people.It has now crossed into pigs, which is where most human flu outbreaks begin.Pigs carry human influenza viruses.Viruses can combine (exchange DNA) in pigs, creating a variant of H5N1 that can spread as easily and rapidly as ordinary flu.Strike Two.
Finally, it has to hit an unprepared populace, with lowered immune systems and no effective drugs.Lowered immune systems are caused by, among other factors, cold weather, lack of sleep, excess weight, stress, high sugar intake and caffeine.Hmmm. Sound like anyone you know?
Serious scientists think H5N1 could kill as many people as the 1918 disaster, if only because there are now more than three times as many people in the world. The UN Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza recently said a bird flu pandemic could kill as many as 150 million people.Other scientists have projected up to 354 million deaths.And you thought $3 gasoline was a major problem!
The H5N1 bird flu reappeared in Hong Kong in 1997.Eighteen people were infected, and six died.All the chickens in the area were slaughtered, and the outbreak was confined to Hong Kong.But it has now been found in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
It then showed up in Russia, almost certainly carried by migratory birds.So much for banning chicken.In August 2005, it appeared in Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and then in western Russia, poised to enter Europe.Roumania found infected and dead swans in October.An infected parrot died in quarantine in the United Kingdom.
The Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza in charge of a response to H5N1 says a pandemic could begin at anytime, and kill five million to 150 million people.He confirmed the virus is in migratory birds, and said an outbreak could start in Africa, where immune systems are chronically depressed, or the Middle East as well as southeast Asia.What he didn't say is that the same migratory birds, mainly ducks, swans and geese, also travel thousands of miles to Canada and the U.S.The H5N1 virus is almost certainly in the U.S. already - it just hasn't been found yet.December, Janaury and February are the "flu season" in both the U.S. and Asia.
We have reviewed all the companies involved in bird flu vaccines, and found two stocks that should be bought immediately because they will make a fortune even if there is never a case of bird flu in the world again.Governments around the world are stocking up on vaccines just in case they are needed, and these stockpiles need to be replenished periodically.For the names of the two stocks, visit my website at
title:Bird Flu True to Form – a Pandemic Scenario
author:Ron Kernahan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Lee tried to stifle a sneeze but couldn’t. Invisible to the naked eye, a cloud of almost five thousand virus-filled droplets launched into the air at some 150 km/ hour or roughly 100 mph. Some passengers in the wide-body Airbus frowned. The Hong Kong to London flight was long and no one wanted to catch a cold.
Lee planned to fill every waking moment of his stay in London. A concert at the Millennium Dome, dinners at some of the finest hotels, shopping in crowded malls – “What a chance,” Lee thought. All he had to concentrate on was a few hours in front of the International Board. It was his job to present sales trends in China to the bosses who were also winging it towards Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports. “The global executives will get only good news from me,” figured Lee. “Pity I don’t feel better …”
The Diagnosis
Lee was exhausted. He had a cough, scratchy throat, runny nose and muscle aches. A fever started but it wasn’t until Lee began having difficulties breathing that he decided to get help.
Doctors huddled in subdued discussion. Experts were rushed in. It was finally determined that Lee’s body was fighting strenuously against two viruses. Lee had caught a highly infectious Influenza A virus – a flu bug. However, at much the same time he had also picked up a second virus called H5N1. The two viruses had mixed their genes and formed a hybrid. Since this was now a radically new pathogen, Lee had no immunity to it.
Lee was not the only one in this fight. Infected passengers from Lee’s plane from Hong Kong had connecting flights to major cities in most continents. The global executives Lee had addressed at the office had also flown home diseased. Sadly, some of the medical staff where Lee was diagnosed had also caught it not to mention the crowds Lee had interacted with at concerts, restaurants and on shopping sprees. The so-called Bird Flu or Avian Influenza had indeed spread its wings. It was the start of the first flu pandemic of the 21st century.
The News
Had Lee or any of the others known in time, they would have taken anti-viral drugs hoping to block or at least slow down the replication of the virus. At least the severity of some symptoms might have been eased not to mention a reduction in the duration of sickness. But time had run out - anti-viral medication needed to be taken within 48 hours of the first stages of the disease.
It wasn’t long before Lee was put on a respirator in quarantine. It also wasn’t long before the media found out Lee had Bird Flu. The public became nervous. The number of flu patients – real or imaginary – multiplied dramatically but nurses and hospital staff were strangely missing … using overdue holiday time or just not showing up for work at all. It was announced that schools, restaurants, and non-essential businesses would be closed. No deadline was given – no one knew for sure how long the measures would have to be in place.
The Public Announcement
Wisely, the public was advised to stock up on food and water. Newspapers advised people to stock up on toothpaste, toilet paper and treasure (cash). People were told to shop at off-peak hours and public transport was ordered to run 24 hours per day. But despite warnings to the contrary, doctor’s offices, hospitals and clinics were overrun. Faces masked in paper waited for hours in front of pharmacies in hope of getting relief. Despite clear instructions from health officials, panic broke out as folk finally fathomed that at best only one third of the population had access to anti-viral drugs. In rural areas and smaller towns, there wasn’t any chance at all.
The Short-term Havoc
Rumors and half-truths began to circulate causing public outcry and protests. Because the protests only helped spread the flu, quarantines were set in place. The public was told to stay at home indefinitely. Vibrant cities screeched to a halt as public transport shut down. Streets stank as garbage piled up. Shops were looted and in some cases those caught coughing were stoned. Safety services (fire, police, ambulance) were disrupted, fires burned out of control. Cross-border travel was curtailed killing tourism and all international sports events were cancelled. Food imports were banned creating shortages of meat, vegetables and wheat. Folk with chronic medical illnesses couldn’t get their medications. Soap and disinfectants – perhaps the simplest and most effective fight against the spread of disease – were in short supply; no one had thought to stock-pile soap.
The Controversy
Local governments and health organizations began to squabble over who had the power to do what. The question was of legalities: who would control distribution of anti-viral drugs and who would receive those drugs? Army barracks received attention but prisoners were ignored. Families with pets were labeled as ‘higher risk’ groups but no-one knew if these families should receive more help or less. As in-fighting became more severe, decision processing became more difficult. Who should give the daily press briefings? Who would organize mass cremation? Who would facilitate conferences for global medical meetings? The list grew rapidly.
The Waves
The first wave of the pandemic was over in three months time but not the shock. Bacterial disease such as cholera multiplied rapidly with catastrophic results across Africa and Asia. The longer-term, global recession began with the realization that supply-lines, manufacturing and food-production chains were desperately weakened through labor loss. Medical facilities were terribly understaffed. As usual, the poor had little chance of aid at all. And then came the second wave of Avian flu. It took over a year before the waves of sickness and death became controllable.
Lee actually survived it all. Although he “started” the pandemic, he also helped “end” it. Doctors used his blood to find the initial vaccine. Since Lee was also now immune, he not only volunteered to help where he could and also founded the World Association of Sensible Hygiene (WASH). More importantly, Lee and others like him helped disrupted societies regain their faith and hope and love. Since this was pandemic number 11 in the last 300 years, history had taught that it was inevitable that individuals and communities and countries would bounce back fairly quickly. But a bitter question remained. Would Lee and the rest of the world be better prepared for the next pandemic? Lee wondered that too as he bordered the wide-body Airbus destined for Mexico City.
title:Bird Flu: Tamiflu and Relenza for Prevention and Treatment
author:Bradford Frank M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

According to a recent report on influenza in the Journal of Virology, “Although vaccination is the ideal way to reduce the interspecies spread of influenza viruses, the preparation of a new vaccine takes six months or more.  In the interim, antiviral drugs are the only option.”
Antiviral drugs can be used for both treatment and prevention of H5N1 bird flu, but have significant limitations. These drugs are expensive, supplies of them are limited, they have to be given within a short time period to be effective, and resistance either has already developed or can develop at any time. Even under optimal circumstances, none of them are 100 percent effective.
There are four antivirals that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use against influenza—two older and inexpensive drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, to which the bird-flu virus has developed significant resistance—and two newer, more expensive and more effective drugs, Roche’s oseltamivir (brand name: Tamiflu), and GlaxoSmithKline’s zanamivir (brand name: Relenza; must be inhaled). The two new drugs belong to a class of antiviral agents called neuraminidase inhibitors. Tamiflu works by blocking the action of a specific enzyme, known as neuraminidase, on the surface of the influenza virus to prevent it from spreading and infecting other cells in the body. 
Amantadine was once effective against H5N1, but its effectiveness has diminished drastically because the virus has developed resistance against it. There is some indication, however, that a combination of Tamiflu and amantadine might be more effective than Tamiflu alone.  Information about Tamiflu and Relenza is summarized below:
Tamiflu (oseltamivir; the first choice for prevention or treatment of bird flu)
1. Prescription antiviral medication approved for treatment of seasonal influenza by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Note that use of Tamiflu for treatment or prevention of avian influenza (bird flu) is an “off-label” use of the medication, that is, a use that has not been officially approved by the FDA. However, Tamiflu is widely recognized as the best available medication for prevention or treatment of bird flu, and its use in this situation is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
2. Mechanism of action: neuraminidase inhibitor (active against all nine influenza A neuraminidase subtypes recognized in nature, including recent pathogenic avian viruses [H5N1, H7N7, N9N2], as well as a virus containing the neuraminidase from the 1918 pandemic strain).
3. Available forms: 75 mg capsules and 12 mg/ml suspension.
4. Effective only if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.
5. FDA-approved for treatment for those one year and older.
a. Dose for treatment of influenza for those 12 and older: 75 mg twice daily for five days.
b. Dose for treatment of influenza for those under twelve: 2 mg/kg up to a maximum of 75 mg twice daily for five days.
c. Side effects occurring in five percent or more of patients taking Tamiflu for treatment were nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms generally do not persist with ongoing treatment. Rare instances of serious side effects have been reported, but they are of uncertain relationship to Tamiflu.
6. FDA-approved for prophylaxis (prevention) of influenza for those 13 and older:
a. Dose for prophylaxis of influenza for those 12 and older: 75 mg daily for 10 days.
b. Not approved for prophylaxis of influenza for those younger than 12.  However, use of Tamiflu in this situation is probably safe and effective.  By deduction, dose should be 1 mg/kg up to a maximum of 75 mg daily for 10 days.
c. Side effects occurring in five percent or more of patients taking Tamiflu for prophylaxis were headache, nausea, and fatigue.
7. Use in pregnancy: Category C (meaning no scientific studies have been done to prove that it is safe in pregnancy—because of liability, no such studies are ever undertaken—but available evidence indicates that it is probably safe to use during pregnancy).
8. Significant drug interactions: none (although probenecid doubles the level of oseltamivir)
How effective is Tamiflu for prevention or treatment of seasonal influenza?  Clinical studies have shown the following:
Oral oseltamivir is highly protective against experimental human influenza, and early treatment is associated with reductions in viral titers, symptoms, nasal cytokines [inflammatory agents], and middle-ear pressure abnormalities. Early oseltamivir treatment of acute influenza in otherwise healthy adults and children aged one to 12 years reduces the time to illness alleviation by one to 1.5 days, fever duration, and viral titers in the upper respiratory tract. Early treatment reduces time to functional recovery by three days or more. 
Treatment of children also reduces the risk for otitis media [inner-ear infection] and decreases overall antibiotic use. In healthy and high-risk adults, early treatment decreased the risk for lower respiratory tract complications leading to antibiotics and to hospitalization.  In is unknown whether treatment reduces the risk for transmission [of the virus from the infected person to someone else].
Prophylactic administration of once-daily oral oseltamivir (75 mg) is highly effective in reducing the risk for developing febrile illness during influenza season in unimmunized adults. Prevention of influenza reduces secondary complications in institutionalized older adults. Once-daily oseltamivir for seven to 10 days is also effective for post-exposure prophylaxis in household contacts, including children, and when ill index cases receive concurrent treatment. 
Relenza (zanamivir; the second choice for treatment of bird flu)
1. Prescription antiviral medication approved for treatment of seasonal influenza by the FDA.
2. Mechanism of action: neuraminidase inhibitor. (It is a potent and specific inhibitor of the neuraminidase activity of influenza A and B viruses.  Compared to oseltamivir, zanamivir is more active against influenza B but less active against influenza A/N2 neuraminidases of clinical isolates, although the clinical importance of such differences is uncertain.  Zanamivir is inhibitory for certain influenza A neuraminidase variants that are resistant to oseltamivir.) [Emphasis added.]
3. Available forms: Not available in tablet or pill form; available only for oral inhalation with a proprietary Diskhaler device.
NOTE: The proprietary inhaler device for delivering zanamivir is breath-activated and requires a cooperative, trained patient.  The use of the Diskhaler device is not reliable in young children, very infirm or elderly persons, or those cognitively impaired. Although the inhaler has been used effectively in older adults, over half of hospitalized older adults could not correctly use the device after instruction.
4. Effective only if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.
5. FDA-approved for treatment for those seven years and older.
10 mg (two inhalations) twice daily for five days.
6. Not FDA-approved for prophylaxis (prevention) of seasonal influenza (but may be effective).
7. Side effects: Inhaled zanamivir is generally well tolerated, and the frequency of complaints is not significantly different from those in placebo [sugar pill] recipients among adults and children aged five years and older. 
However, post-marketing reports indicate a potential risk for acute bronchospasm, respiratory arrest, or worsening of COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] accompanied by pulmonary edema [water in the lungs], after zanamivir inhalation, particularly in persons with underlying airway disease [such as asthma].  Apparent declines in respiratory function have also been rarely reported in those without recognized airway disease.
Consequently, use in patients with underlying airway disease is not generally recommended in the United States, although treatment in at-risk patients is used in other countries. If used in patients with obstructive airway disease, zanamivir should be administered cautiously under close observation and with availability of fast-acting bronchodilators.
8. Use in pregnancy: Category C (meaning no scientific studies have been done to prove that it is safe in pregnancy—because of liability, no such studies are ever undertaken—but available evidence indicates that it is probably safe to use during pregnancy).
9. Significant drug interactions: none.
How effective is Relenza for prevention or treatment of seasonal influenza? Clinical studies have shown the following:
Early inhaled zanamivir (10 mg twice daily for five days) treatment of uncomplicated influenza in previously healthy adults and children aged five to 12 years shortens the time to illness resolution and return to usual activities by one to three days. Treatment benefits appear to be greater in those with severe symptoms at entry, in those older than 50 years, and in higher-risk patients. 
Inhaled zanamivir treatment in adults is associated with a 40 percent reduction in lower respiratory tract events leading to antibiotic use and a 28 percent overall reduction in antibiotic prescriptions. In high-risk patients with primarily mild-to-moderate asthma or other chronic cardiopulmonary conditions, zanamivir treatment reduces illness duration and the incidence of complications leading to antibiotic use. 
Prophylactic administration of once-daily inhaled zanamivir (10 mg) is protective against febrile influenza illness during influenza season (84 percent efficacy) or when used for post-exposure prophylaxis in households with or without treatment of the ill index case (82 percent efficacy). 
One study found that two weeks of inhaled zanamivir was superior to oral rimantadine [another antiviral drug] in preventing influenza A infection in nursing home residents, in part because of a high frequency of rimantadine resistance, and inhaled zanamivir has been used to curtail transmission of amantadine-resistant influenza A in nursing homes. However, inhaled zanamivir is not approved for chemoprophylaxis (prevention) in the United States or most other countries.
Finally, it is important to be aware of the fact that the effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza has been studied against circulating strains of human influenza, not against the bird flu virus. In a study reported in the August issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Yen and others from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee found that eight-day regimens of Tamiflu were more effective than the suggested five-day regimen for treating infections with the H5N1 bird-flu virus. The authors concluded that a prolonged and higher-dose oseltamivir regimen may be required for the most beneficial antiviral effect.
Bradford Frank, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
The Frank Group
P.O. Box 138
Lakewood, NY 14750
title:Bird Flu: Why Modern Medicine Won’t Save Us
author:Bradford Frank M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Very often when people begin to learn about bird flu, they jump to the conclusion that because medicine has advanced by quantum leaps since the 1918-19 influenza pandemic (global epidemic), there is nothing to worry about. They are certainly right about the advance of medicine, which has been extraordinary by any measure. Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with a bird-flu pandemic, these advances fall short in many areas. To name the most significant:
1. Bird flu is caused by an influenza virus, for which there are only four approved antiviral agents in the U.S. The virus has extensive resistance to two of these medicines already, and resistance might develop in the remaining two once they are used more widely in a pandemic. The two remaining medicines, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), are in extremely short supply and, even with planned increases in their manufacture, will remain in short supply for many years to come. These medicines must be given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, which can be difficult to accomplish for a variety of reasons. Even when they are available and given on time, their effectiveness is less than 100 percent. And because bird flu is very different than the usual influenza we are used to, higher doses given for longer periods of time may be necessary for optimal effect. 
2. While we have many wonderful antibiotic medicines, these are not effective against bird flu, because antibiotics treat only bacterial infections, not viral infections.  Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections that develop after viral infections have damaged the body, allowing bacterial infections to “take over.”  This can happen, for example, when viral pneumonia turns into bacterial pneumonia. However, this did not happen in the 1918-19 Spanish flu to any extent, nor in the 2003 SARS pandemic, and it doesn’t appear to be a significant factor in the deaths that have occurred so far from bird flu. Hence all our sophisticated antibiotics will not be of much help with bird flu.
3. The most common cause of death from the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, the SARS pandemic, and from bird flu is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The viruses from these diseases cause severe damage to lungs, which results in ARDS. Numerous treatments have been tried but generally have failed. Patients with ARDS require mechanical ventilatory support, meaning they need to be on a mechanical respirator. These are expensive machines, and the supply in the United States is only slightly above demand during the normal flu season. Simply put, when the bird-flu pandemic strikes, there won’t be enough of these machines, and so people who develop ARDS will not have access to this potentially life-saving treatment.
4. There won’t be enough isolation rooms to place the large numbers of patients with bird flu in, which will result in more people becoming ill through exposure to people with bird flu. Likewise, there won’t be enough of some medical equipment, because of increased demand for some items coupled with decreased supply—because of our reliance on a global supply chain, foreign manufacture, and just-in-time delivery. There won’t be enough personal protective equipment (such as disposable gloves, N95 face masks, gowns, face shields or goggles, head caps, and shoe covers), which will increase exposure and infection.
5. During the coming pandemic, there won’t be enough beds in hospitals for all the sick people with bird flu. Makeshift “hospitals” will have to be established outside of existing hospitals to care for all the ill patients.
6. An effective vaccine has yet to be developed, and the chances that one will be developed before a pandemic emerges are practically nonexistent. Once a vaccine is developed, it will be months into the pandemic, and many people will already have become ill. Because we have no natural immunity to this new virus, we might need two immunization shots to develop sufficient immunity. This makes implementing an immunization program more difficult, and decreases the amount of vaccine available for everyone.
Vaccines, like antiviral medicines, are not 100 percent effective in either preventing infection or minimizing symptoms once infected. A startling new report (a) found only limited benefit from influenza vaccines: “In people over 65, the vaccines ‘are apparently ineffective’ in the prevention of influenza, pneumonia and hospital admissions, although they did reduce deaths from pneumonia a bit, by up to 30 percent.”
According to the Influenza Vaccine Supply (IVS) International Task Force, “Whatever scenario, even the most optimistic, the worldwide [vaccine] production capacity will be clearly insufficient in case of pandemic.”
7. Shortages of nurses and other healthcare personnel will be significant, because of overexposure to people with bird flu—and thus a higher illness and death rate among healthcare workers, and because a high proportion will simply decide not to come to work. A similar situation occurred in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina when 250 members of the police department (one-sixth of the force) abandoned their jobs during the hurricane and flooding. It also happened in Toronto during the SARS outbreak, when some nurses and other healthcare workers submitted their resignations (although many were persuaded to stay).
The shortage of nurses, which is already a big problem in the United States, was highlighted recently by Keji Fukuda of the influenza branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to Fukuda, scientists are racing to prevent what could be millions of deaths from a flu pandemic, but what could trip them up is the simple lack of nurses and hospital beds. He said, “No matter how good medical technology is, if we don’t have healthcare workers to care for sick people and hospital beds to put them in, it’s not a good situation.”
And it’s not only the limited numbers of nurses—it’s also a question of whether or not healthcare workers would come to work during a bird-flu pandemic. A recent article (b) reported the disturbing findings of a survey of 6,000 healthcare works in and around New York City:
“One assumption blown away by Hurricane Katrina is that if government does nothing else, at least it protects people’s health and safety.
The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City set out to look at how many healthcare workers said they would show up for work, depending on the type of emergency. There was some good news: 87 percent of 6,000 workers surveyed in 47 facilities in and around New York said they would be able to go to work in the event of a mass casualty incident, and 81 percent for an environmental disaster.
Only 61 percent, however, would show up for a smallpox epidemic, just 48 percent during a SARS epidemic and 57 percent during a ‘radiological event.’
That’s a problem, isn’t it? Less than half of healthcare workers expect to work during a SARS [or bird-flu] epidemic, and less than two-thirds if terrorists set off a so-called dirty bomb in the financial district.
‘Although we might assume that healthcare employees have an obligation to respond to these high-impact events, our findings indicate that personal obligations, as well as concerns for their own safety, play a pivotal role in workers’ willingness to report to work,’ said Kristine Qureshi, a researcher in the epidemiology department at Columbia.”
And so “modern medicine,” no matter how advanced, will clearly have difficulty dealing with a bird-flu pandemic. In a sense, the next pandemic could very well be analogous to the Hurricane Katrina situation, with mass confusion, lack of resources, visible dead bodies, acts of cowardice and acts of heroism, financial disaster, panic, and every emotion possible—nothing like we are used to witnessing in America; shocking.
Partly because of the limitations of both government and healthcare capabilities, individuals need to prepare for the coming bird-flu pandemic themselves. There are four specific areas that must be addressed, as I have written in an earlier article (which can be accessed on our Web site.)
(a) Rosenthal E: 2 Studies Find Flu Treatments Fall Far Short.  International Herald Tribune. September 22, 2005. Available at: Accessed on September 23, 2005
(b) Olmsted D: Health wrap: of disasters and diseases. Monsters and Critics News, September 9, 2005. Available at:  Accessed on September 15, 2005
Bradford Frank, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
The Frank Group
P.O. Box 138
Lakewood, NY 14750
title:Bird Flu – Waiting In The Wings
author:Andrew Taylor
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Avian influenza is spreading at an alarming rate and if it continues its flight soon it would turn into another pandemic.
Starting in the mid-2003 in South-East Asia, the pathogenic avian flu is the largest and most severe form bird flu going by the number of countries it has affected. The H5N1 virus that typically affects the bird populace has proved lethal. So far it has caused the death or destruction of an estimated 150 million birds in countries like Vietnam, Japan, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Indonesia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey, Romania and Malaysia. There are unconfirmed reports of bird flu from India and France also.
The H5N1 virus is also of serious concern for human health. It has been found to be highly contagious form of virus and can easily transmit to humans through the contact of excretal or nasal secretions from infected birds. If not detected and treated early, the bird flu can prove fatal. And if precautionary measures are not taken at the earliest, it could change into a form that is highly infectious and could easily spread from person to person. Such a change could mark the start of flu pandemic. Already, a number of countries have reported confirmed human cases and even deaths due to avian influenza and this number is constantly on the rise.
Bird Flu Prevention
‘Prevention is the best cure’ goes the famous adage. The precautionary measures initiated in anticipation go a long way in curbing aggravation.
Firstly, the poultry farm owners must send random samples of their birds for thorough examination to the nearest veterinary/avian lab. All the infected birds must be immediately culled and the others properly vaccinated. The workers at the poultry farms must cover themselves properly so as to avoid a direct contact with the infected secretions from birds.
It is perfectly safe to eat poultry products provided the food is thoroughly and properly cooked. It is believed that the avian influenza virus cannot survive temperatures above 700 C. Juices from raw poultry and poultry products should not be allowed during food preparation to touch or mix with items eaten raw. One must wash his hands properly with soap and hot water after coming in contact with the poultry products.
Bird Flu Treatment
Though vaccines are available to counter seasonal influenza but no such shot has been developed till date against the H5N1 virus.
Only two drugs are found to be effective against the deadly avian flu – Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir). These drugs are effective only if taken within 48 hours of occurrence of first symptoms. The inhibitive factors regarding bird flu treatment seem to be the prohibitive costs and the limited production of these drugs.
For convenience, the patients can buy Tamiflu online only after proper diagnosis and prescription for the drug.
The bird flu is certainly a potential pandemic threat and must be addressed globally on humanitarian basis.
Birth Control 101

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This article is about the different contraceptives and how birth control works. Enumerated in this article are the different types of birth control methods how they function to prevent pregnancy. Choosing which one to use is serious and it is best to know more about them by consulting a doctor before finally deciding on which one to use.

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We now live in a world where sex is as normal as going out to the movies. Even teenagers as young as fifteen years old are aware of the concept of premarital sex. And chances are, a lot of adolescents aged 15 to 19 are already sexually active. It is because we take sex so lightly that the rate of accidental pregnancies are going higher and higher up the charts.

While we’re on the subject of being permissive enough to ignore teenage sex, think about this: Do these teenagers know what contraceptives are? Do they know which ones to use and how to properly use it? This article will help children understand birth control more.

What is contraception and how does birth control work?
Birth control is a set of actions, devices, medications used for the sole purpose of preventing conception or pregnancy. It works in three ways:
1. It prevents the monthly release of an egg cell (ovum) from the ovaries during menstruation.
2. It thickens the cervical mucus lining so that sperm cells would not be able to swim and join with an ovum.
3. It changes lining of the uterus to make implantation of a fertilized egg difficult.

What are the different birth control types available?
There are natural methods of birth control. These do not require the aid of any device of medication. The natural method of contraception includes:
1. Abstinence. This requires a person to totally abstain from engaging in sexual activities of any form.
2. Withdrawal. This requires the man to pull his penis out of his partner’s vagina before he reaches his climax and ejaculates.
3. Sexual outercourse. It allows sexual gratification by means of non-penetrative sex. It may be in the form of oral sex or masturbation.
4. Fertility awareness. This method allows for couples to determine a woman’s safe and unsafe periods by means of careful recording of the woman’s basal body temperature, her first and last day of menstruation, and the consistency of her vaginal mucus secretions.

The barrier method of contraception includes:
1. Male condom. It is a latex or polyurethane rubber cylinder worn on the man’s penis to block sperm from going into the partner’s body.
2. Female condom. It is a thin sheath or pouch worn to line the vagina to collect sperm ejaculated by a man during sex.
3. Cervical cap. It is a barrier made out of either latex or silicone which is placed over the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the female reproductive tract.
4. Diaphragm. It works much like the cervical cap.

The hormonal birth control method includes:
1. Oral contraceptive pills. These are pills that contain synthetic versions of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone which aim to normalize a woman’s hormone level to prevent ovulation.
2. Injectables. It is a progestin-only solution that is injected to prevent ovulation for three months.
3. Hormonal patches. It is a thin, 2in by 2 in patch that slowly releases hormones into the body within the span of a week before it is replaced.
4. Birth control implants. It is a thin flexible plastic rod to be inserted under the skin of the upper arm of the woman to slowly release synthetic hormones into the body within the span of a year before it is replaced.

The intra-uterine device (IUD) is a T-shaped rod placed inside the uterus to created a localized inflammation so that the bodies auto-immune system will create white blood cells to repair the infection and in turn kill sperm cells that get within the vicinity of the inflammation.

Choosing the best birth control method to use is a serious matter. Consult your doctor to know more about the different risks and benefits of these contraceptive methods before picking one to use.

Birth Control Alternatives Without Outside Interference

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Some people would rather not have pharmaceutical contraceptives in their body and may have religious reasons for not wanting to use birth control items such as condoms. For these people, more discipline and timing-oriented methods such as abstinence and Natural Family Planning are the preferred choices.

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Some people just don't like using certain types of contraceptives. There can be a number of reasons for this objection. It is believable to say that they would cite religious reasons for their objections, though that argument may be fading out, if some statistics are to be believed. Another typically cited reason would be that a number of popular methods of birth control are simply flawed. A condom is not always effective and a number of factors can make even the most potent birth control medication still have an appreciable risk of pregnancy. There are, of course, other methods that do not entail the use of  pharmaceutical and external tricks but instead rely more on good old-fashioned discipline. These methods present their own risks, largely due to the fact that the less experienced the person is in the method, the less successful it is.

There is no arguing that the lack of sex is inevitably going to be the best birth control available. The simple logic of abstinence is hard to deny, since if they're not having sex, there's no chance of getting pregnant. However, this may also prove to be the most psychologically taxing. While the whole “people have needs” argument is not as valid as some might lead you to believe, it does have a level of credence. The extreme discipline that abstinence requires is very difficult to attain, especially in today's environment, which has the patience and attention span of an average child of six. Abstinence as birth control may be the only guaranteed way to prevent pregnancy, but it is hardly the easiest one to get a grip on, especially in the long-term.

Most people simply don't have the discipline or self-control for abstinence without years of training and conditioning to help fight the basic urge to procreate. Even the ones that have had that sort of training find it difficult at times, if the various scandals that the clergymen of the Catholic Church have been involved in through the ages are any indication.

An alternative to it is a method known as Natural Family Planning, which is still firmly based in abstinence, but is less demanding on the length of time removed from sexual contact with one's partner. This method relies on reading the physical factors of the female half of the relationship, taking notes on things such as discharge and cervical temperature to evaluate whether or not she's in a fertile state. Obviously, as a birth control method, this still poses some risks. Reading physical signs, even ones as scientifically quantified as the ones that NFP uses, can often be highly subjective. Any misreading or misinterpretation of the body's signals can result in a variable risk of pregnancy. In general, experience and knowledge can help lessen the risk of human error, but experience usually comes from “field testing” the method.

Similar to NFP, the Creighton Model also uses the body's own signals as a basis for birth control scheduling. The method uses tell-tale signs of fertility and infertility, such as blood discharge and cervical mucus, to determine the time when the female is at the lowest possible risk of pregnancy. Other details, such as blood tests to detect estrogen and progesterone, are used to accurately time a woman's cycle. The method is touted as having an effective rate of 99.5%, along with the ability to be customized to accommodate for biological and physiological traits that are individual in nature.

Birth Control and Weight Gain: Truth or Myth?

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There are a lot of myths about birth control and weight gain.  Scientific researche have thus far found no connection between using birth control methods and products, and gaining weight.  This article focuses on the wrong perceptions about the issue of birth control and weight gain.

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Is there really a connection between birth control and weight gain? In one recent survey, 50% of all women felt that birth control pills would cause unwanted weight gain. Of these women, 20% said this belief was the primary reason they would not use oral contraceptives. There are also evidences that women switch methods or birth control or stop using the pill because they think it contributes to weight gain. However, the good news is that the review found no evidence to support a casual association between combination contraceptives or birth control and weight gain.

Researchers have found it difficult to prove a connection between birth control and weight gain. While many women do gain weight after starting the use of oral contraceptives, it’s hard to tell if this weight gain is actually caused by the use of the pill or other lifestyle factors. In most cases, women taking oral contraceptives report a weight gain of five pounds or less. Only a small percentage of women experience a weight gain of more than 10 pounds after beginning a birth control pill prescription. Supposedly, any weight gain or weight loss related to the use of birth control pills is a side effect that will happen within three months of beginning of the prescription. Some studies have shown that while the pill may add a couple of pounds at first from water retention, the added weight disappears as the body adjusts to the hormones.

Another study found no difference between women who took hormonal contraceptives and those who took a placebo. The other studies looked at women taking different types and doses of hormonal contraception, and came to the same overall conclusion.

The claim may have had some truth many years ago, when the pill contained high levels of estrogen, hormones that cause water retention and increased appetite. Nowadays, most versions of the pill have only half the amount found in early versions.

There is also another factor that has nothing to do with the pill. It is a fact that most women in the Western world start birth control as teenagers and continue it through their 20s, a period when women naturally tend to gain weight.  In addition, it is possible that women who expect to gain weight after starting on a birth control pill prescription are unconsciously changing their diet and exercise habits. However, if a woman has tried several different types of birth control methods and had no success in controlling unwanted weight gain with diet and exercise, she may want to ask her  healthcare provider if insulin resistance is contributing to her problems. A simple blood test will be able to determine the presence of this condition. If a woman is suffering from insulin resistance, a low carbohydrate diet may be necessary to stabilize her weight.

Any weight gain after starting pills of more than 5% of body weight may be a signal of a woman's tendency toward insulin resistance or abnormal glucose metabolism. With this amount of weight gain associated with an oral contraceptive, a woman should be evaluated for possible insulin resistance. If this condition is present, she will have to adopt a low carbohydrate diet. Simple sugars in any amount and high carbohydrate only snacks or meals will negate all other dieting efforts on a daily basis and frustrate any long term ability at weight control.

In most cases, unwanted weight gain associated with birth control can be prevented by paying extra attention to diet and exercise or simply switching to a different type of birth control. The link between birth control and weight gain can sometimes be exaggerated, and it's about time to break those myths.

Birth Control And Your Lifestyle

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This article is about the different factors to consider when looking for the best contraceptive method to use.  It's not enough that you look for a cheap birth control measures, it should also work with your goals for the future, the values you cherish, your daily lifestyle, and the habits you have.

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For people who aren't ready to start a family or have a child, birth control is a gift from the gods. But with the rising costs of commodities, people are looking for something that will fit their budgets. And from there, the search for cheap birth control products starts.

You may ask yourself, will cheap birth control products be safe and effective? Will they work just the same as the highly priced products? It is understandable that quality and price may cause confusion in your quest to find the best contraceptive method for you. But it doesn't have to be confusing. The best birth control method is one that conforms with your goals, values, and daily lifestyle. You should also take your lifestyle habits into consideration in choosing.

Birth control types to fit your goals
Look at your goal in the future – would you still want to have a child five or ten years from now? If yes, then there are a lot of different reversible birth control options such as the hormonal methods, the barrier methods, the intrauterine device, and the natural methods to help temporarily prevent pregnancy until such a time that you're ready for the responsibility. For people who already have children and think that they don't want any more, there are permanent birth control measures such as sterilization – vasectomy for men, and tubal ligation for women.

Contraceptive methods that work with your values
Some people have problems with using birth control methods simply because it goes against the values that they were brought up on. Some people think it is absurd to use contraceptive products or medications because it is unnatural and it tampers with the way the human body works. For those kinds of people, the natural method, withdrawal method, and abstinence works best.

Family planning methods that conforms to your daily lifestyle
Let's face it, we live in a fast-paced world where every cent you earn is important. This is especially true for couples who are trying to keep the household running on a limited budget. It is because of this limited resource that people try to look for a more convenient and cost-effective means of preventing pregnancy. For these people, intrauterine device (IUD) and hormone injection works well because it doesn't require for a regimen to be done daily and you only have to change the IUD every few years, and you only have to get a new hormone shot every three months.

Take your lifestyle habits into consideration
Certain habits may interfere with the effectivity of certain contraceptive measures.  For women over thirty-five who smoke, using the hormonal method may be out of the question as it increases their risks of certain diseases, like cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. Also, women with asthma who take bronchodilators may decrease the effectivity of the birth control pill and increase their risks of having surprise pregnancies.

Choosing the right birth control should not be based on just how much it'll cost you, you must also think of how effectively it'll work on you when you choose to use it. It is important that you consult your physician for all the benefits and risks the different birth control methods offer you and pick the best one from there.

Birth Control Considerations for Teenagers

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An unplanned pregnancy is a traumatic event, this is especially true among teenage girls. It has shown that the number of births to teenagers has decreased considerably over the last few decades. This decrease is most likely due to the increased availability of abortion and birth control. This article is about teen pregnancy and some birth control methods they can choose from.

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Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experience amidst a young person's life. It can interrupt school or other plans in their young lives. It can create an emotional crisis resulting in feelings of depression, shame and fear.  The stress of how a teenager go through to break this news to her parents might be even greater, and finding help may seem an impossible task.
There are researches that indicate that sex education and access to effective contraception are essential in preventing unplanned pregnancy in the teenage population. Some teenage pregnancies occur as a result of young women's sexual inexperience and an inadequate understanding of their reproductive cycle. Th research suggests that knowledge about reproductive matters and access to contraception are necessary to prevent unintended adolescent pregnancy.
According to another research, it has shown that the number of births to teenagers has decreased considerably over the last few decades. This decrease is most likely due to the increased availability of abortion and birth control, rather than a decrease in sexual activity. There has been an increase in abstinence and the use birth control methods among teens in the late 90s, although this does not attribute the changes to sex education alone. With so many methods available and so many factors to consider, choosing birth control can be difficult. Teenagers now have a lot of options and making a choice can be a bit difficult, if not outright confusing.  The key is to carefully check available product literature and sources of information about birth control methods. Making an informed decision is the consumer's responsibility before using a birth control product or whatever product there is.
One of the first considerations a teenager might wish to have is whether she wants a permanent or temporary birth control.  This is a decision that will affect the rest of her life and can be made only after thinking it through carefully. If a teenager knows that she will not ever want to conceive or get pregnant, tubal ligation or tubal implants may be the appropriate method to use. An unplanned pregnancy would seriously impact a teenager's plans for the future and thus, choosing a birth control method that is highly effective is a must.
Some people argue that sexual abstinence is not a true form of birth control. But, birth control is any act, drug, or device that is intended to prevent pregnancy. This means that choosing to abstain is really a contraceptive. Among teens, abstinence is the most popular method of birth control. Among people aged 15-19, fewer than half have ever had sex. Over one in ten women of reproductive age have never had sex at all.
If a teenager has health problems or other risk factors, some birth control methods may not be right for them. Other health problems that might keep one from using a particular birth control method are relatively rare, especially in young women. However, before using any method, it is definitely important for a teenager to seek and talk with a health professional.

Birth Control Made More Accessible

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This article is about the different over-the-counter birth control products. Women nowadays are just too busy to stick to a birth control program that requires them to take pills everyday at the exact same time. It is too tedious. Listed in this article are some readily available contraceptive products that can be bought without a prescription.

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There have never been so many choices available for birth control as we do now, and there’s still more to be released in the market soon. But even with the widespread availability of birth control products and techniques, a huge portion of the female population of the United States still end up with unexpected pregnancies.

Living in the modern world means we all have to keep up with its fast pace. We all try to accomplish too many things all at once that schedules are rarely met, and attention is hardly given to important details such as birth control. The oral contraceptive pill is one of the most effective means of birth control, but it just doesn’t fit a busy woman’s schedule to stop and take a pill. So how can she stay protected from accidental pregnancy?

It is not a problem, now there are over-the-counter birth control products that can help protect the busy average woman. Here are some of the contraceptives available over-the-counter:
· The male condom. Condoms are easy to use, everybody knows how to use it. You only need to put it on when you’re going to engage in sexual activity, and is discarded after use. It is cheap, portable, and readily available. Some condoms come lubricated with non-oil based lubricants and some are lined with spermicide. Condoms with vaginal spermicide are highly effective. Used properly, they are as effective as the oral contraceptive pill in preventing pregnancies. Aside from preventing pregnancy, it also offers a moderately high level of protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The estimated effectiveness of the male condom is about eighty-six percent.
· The female condom. It may be awkward to use at first, but female condoms are a good birth control measure for women whose partners are not wearing a condom. Like its male counterpart, it offers good protection against STDs, is available without a prescription, and is only good for single use. It should never be used when the male partner is wearing a male condom as there is a possibility that the vaginal condom will slip out of place. It is seventy-nine percent effective in protecting women from accidental pregnancy.
· Vaginal spermicide. It comes in different forms, like: jelly, foam, cream, film, suppository, or tablet form. All types contain a sperm-killing agent which also helps prevent two STDs, namely gonorrhea and chlamydia. Be careful in following packet instructions as it will determine the effectiveness of the product. An application is only good for a single intercourse, and additional spermicide needs to be re-applied for repeated intercourse. Spermicides need to be applied ten minutes before intercourse, and needs to stay applied for the next six to eight hours after intercourse to ensure that all sperm cells are kills. The woman should not douche or rinse the vagina during the six to eight hours wait period. Its estimated effectiveness is about seventy-four percent.

Choosing what birth control method to use should not only depend on its convenience of use and whether or not it costs less. Consider if it fits your lifestyle. Consult your doctor to understand the pros and cons of each type of contraceptive to know which one suits you best.

Birth Control Methods Don't Always Fight STDs

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Most people tend to assume that birth control methods can also be used to help prevent an infection by a sexually transmitted disease. However, the reality is that most of these contraceptives cannot fight off STDs and, in one case, may increase the risk of infection. It is important, therefore, that people be better informed about which methods prevent STDs and which are strictly used for birth control.

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Sexually transmitted diseases are something that should be considered a major concern whenever sex education is the topic. These diseases can vary from the mild to the life-threatening, and while most people are aware of their existence, most are unaware of just how much risk they might be in. For the most part, unexpected and unwanted pregnancies are the foremost concern, such that birth control methods can sometimes be heavily emphasized. In the effort to prevent STDs from spreading, this does not always have to be a negative thing. Some birth control methods can help reduce the risk of STDs, though not all of them can do so. It is then important that people be made aware of which birth control methods reduce the risk of STDs and which ones don't, allowing them to make better informed decisions.

Birth control pills, intrauterine devices, and the so-called Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods all do not reduce the risks of STD transmission. In the first two cases, the distinction is absolute, as neither of them blocks the exchange of bodily fluids that may carry the diseases. In the case of NFP, the distinction is less all-encompassing, since these methods generally involve a complete lack of exchange of bodily fluids for certain intervals. However, NFP's main flaw is that it only provides protection while there is no direct sexual contact with an infected person’s genitals, blood, and bacteria or virus-carrying body fluids, but it leaves a person exposed to possible infection the moment any sexual contact is made. So while there may be a reduced risk of pregnancy, the risks of STD infection are no lower than if NFP had not been used.

Spermicides are generally effective at preventing conception, but not for removing the risk of STDs. Risk for STDs is still present since by the time the average spermicide has been used, STD infection may already have spread. According to some studies, there is actually an increased risk of STD infection from using spermicidal products in comparison to other known forms of birth control. These studies have not yet had their results confirmed beyond reasonable doubt. However, most doctors prefer to err on the side of caution.

Condoms, diaphragms, and other forms of contraception that involve blocking the release of bodily fluids and sexual secretions from one person to another are the methods that help prevent STD infection. Most STDs are transferred via bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, and the like. Birth control methods that prevent the transfer of such substances during intercourse, or block the fluids from reaching the partner's body, can therefore reduce STD risk. Absolute abstinence also prevents STD infection, but only for as long as the abstinence is maintained. It should be noted that, aside from abstinence, most birth control methods that rely on blocking the exchange of fluids do not have the ability to prevent pregnancy completely at the same time. It is therefore advisable to use a more effective form of birth control as additional security.

Procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations do not prevent STD infection, even if they do prevent the onset of pregnancy. This is because, while both procedures block the ability of sperm and egg cells from making contact with one another, they do not prevent the release of other fluids. Not all STDs are carried through body fluids, so preventing them from escaping the body alone is not enough to prevent an infection.

Birth Control Options Everyone Should Know

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While the most effective way to avoid both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is to refrain from sexual contact or practice total abstinence, a number of birth control options are readily available and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Deciding what method to choose largely depends on your needs.

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There are different reasons why people, especially women, opt for birth control. Some women don't want to get pregnant because of health reasons. Finances, emotional maturity, family approval, and career concerns also influence decisions about pregnancy. A more compelling reason for using certain birth control methods is that these products also help in getting protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
While the most effective way to avoid both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is to refrain from sexual contact or practice total abstinence, a number of birth control options are readily available and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Deciding what method to choose largely depends on your needs. What's good for one person may not be effective for another. Factors such as a person's health, frequency of sexual activity, number of sexual partners, and the desire to have children in the future should all be taken into account.
In recent years, more types of birth control methods have hit the market. Aside from prevention of pregnancy, a new wave of pills, patches, and implants has given women more control over their reproductive cycles, including the unpleasant symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Aside from the different factors to consider in deciding which birth control method to choose, it is also important to know their benefits and advantages, as well as their possible health risks. The list below may help you sort through your options:
The Pill – It is considered to be 98-99% effective if taken as directed. Benefits include a more predictable cycle with monthly periods that are lighter, shorter, and less frequent. There is also a relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and acne.  The woman using the pill would also reduce her risk of ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, benign breast cysts or lumps, and ovarian and endometrial cancer. Side effects include unexpected bleeding and spotting, vomiting, and diarrhea. Certain sedatives and antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of pills. Generally not prescribed for women who smoke, are over age 35, and have family (or personal) history of certain health problems. These include: blood clots; breast, uterine, or liver cancers; serious heart problems (like heart attack); and stroke.
Patch – It is considered to be 99% effective if used correctly. This is a once-a-week contraception for women who can't or don't want to take daily pills. Benefits include reduced risk of ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, benign breast cysts or lumps, and ovarian and endometrial cancer. Compared to pills, however, the patch may expose the user to a slightly higher dose of estrogen and risk of blood clots. Generally not prescribed for women who smoke, are over age 35, and have family (or personal) history of blood clots; breast, uterine, or liver cancers; serious heart problems (like heart attack); and stroke.
Vaginal Ring – This method is 99% effective if used correctly. It's a once-a-month form of contraception for women who don't want to take daily pills. Benefits include a steady release of hormones, so there are fewer hormonal ups and downs. It reduces risk of ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, benign breast cysts or lumps, and ovarian and endometrial cancer. However, in rare cases, the ring can slip out of the vagina during intercourse. Generally not prescribed for women who smoke, are over age 35, and have family (or personal) history of blood clots; breast, uterine, or liver cancers; serious heart problems (like heart attack); and stroke.
IUD (Intrauterine Device) – This device is considered to be 99.9% effective. It can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years and does not contain estrogen. Periods get lighter. Periods get lighter over time. About 20% of women have no period after one year. It may shorten, lighten, or even eliminate periods. It does not cause weight gain. However, it may cause irregular bleeding or spotting for the first few months.
Implant – The implant is believed to be more than 99% effective. It can be used up to three years, but can be removed at any time. It does not contain estrogen. However, it may cause irregular and unpredictable monthly periods and spotting may occur.
Permanent Birth Control – As a permanent birth control method, it is considered to be 99.8% effective based on four years of follow-up. Zero pregnancies occurred in clinical trials. No hormones are used and monthly periods should more or less continue in their natural state. It has nonsurgical sterilization with no incisions involved. Works for both overweight and very thin women. However, this procedure is NOT reversible. Surgical removal of micro-inserts could result in complications. Since no birth control procedure is 100% absolutely effective, there is always a risk of pregnancy.

Birth Control Patch: The Patch of Death?

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This article is about birth control patches.  It questions the safety of using this method of contraception as there have been multiple cases filed against the manufacturer of this product.  Many women have experienced blood clotting on top of the other unpleasant side effects.  There have also been reported cases of fatality because of using birth control patches.

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A lot of different birth control devices have been created over the centuries and are now being marketed to the public.  All of them supposedly have been tested by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) if it is safe to be marketed to and used by the public.  However there is an ongoing controversy regarding the birth control patch.

In the United States, a number of women in the San Francisco area have filed complaints about the adverse effects they experienced since they started using birth control patches.  A lot of these women have developed blood clots on different parts of their bodies, and a few women have died from complications brought about by this contraceptive patch.

The Birth Control Patch
The contraceptive patch is a transdermal patch attached to the skin that is used to release synthetic estrogen and progesterone hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy.  This means of contraception can only be acquired through a prescription and is acclaimed to be just as effective as the combined oral contraceptive pill.  At the moment, the only available brand of birth control patch is Ortho Evra.  It is informally referred to as “the Patch”.

Birth control patches work by releasing hormones into your system through your skin.  It prevents eggs from being released from the ovaries, it thickens the cervical mucus lining to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and it changes the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation.  It is worn for one week at a time and it is placed directly on the skin of your abdomen, upper arm, upper torso, or buttocks.  It is replaced once a week on the same day each week for a three-week period.  The birth control patch is not worn during the fourth week to allow for the menstrual flow to occur.

Side Effects
Just like any other medication, it has side effects to go along with the benefits it provides its users.  Here are some of the noted side effects from using the birth control patch:
l Skin irritation at the site of application
l Headaches
l Breast tenderness, swelling, pain
l Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting
l Moderate weight gain
l Nausea and vomiting
l Bloating
l Yeast infections
l Depression

The scariest side effect of using a birth control patch is its thromboembolic risks.  All combined hormonal birth control products poses a really small increased risk of severe or fatal clot formation and migration (thromboembolism).  It has recently been documented that birth control patch users may double the increased risk of developing a non-fatal venous thromboembolism as compared to women who use oral contraceptive pills.  At present there have been a few reported cases of fatalities directly pointing to the birth control patches as primary cause of death.

A Cry For The User's Safety
On November of 2006, a group of 40 women filed a lawsuit against the only that manufactures birth control patches, Ortho-McNeil.  They wanted the product to be pulled out from the market to protect other women who are not aware of the severity of its side effects.  The FDA said that any hormonal contraceptive may cause blood clot as estrogen is also responsible for blood coagulation, however too much blood clot may indeed lead to other medical complications which may end in fatality.  Because of  the piling complaints against Ortho-McNeil, they re-tested the product and re-hashed the product label, indicating that it may cause blood clotting.

Choosing the right contraceptive product is not as simple as going for the most convenient or the cheapest one your money can afford.  The first and most important factor that you should consider is your own health.  Using a birth control patch may be convenient for you, but in the long run, will you still find it convenient after you've experienced all its adverse effects?

Birth Control Pills and the Era of Seasonal Menstruation

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The approval of continuous-use birth control pills began the era of seasonal menstruation. Having more control over their reproductive cycles, women gained access to a contraceptive that will not only minimize the occurrence of menstruation, but would completely eliminate monthly periods for up to a year.

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The era of seasonal menstruation began in 2003  upon the approval of continuous birth control pills for commercial use.  The said new generation of pills gave women the option to regulate their menstruation and limit its occurrence to only four times a year. The need to have more control over their reproductive cycles due to lifestyle, career, and health reasons had prompted many women to use this type of contraceptive. Using the said medication, women can now delay menstrual periods for as long as an entire year. 
Lybrel, the first birth control pill that made it possible for women to be one-year free from menstruation, was approved for sale and public use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2007. While this estrogen-progestin hormonal pill works like the 21-Days On, 7-Days Off Cycle Pill, it does not have a “week off” period that usually leads to bleeding.
While there are still concerns about the ill-effects of preventing monthly periods and its negative effects on health, in general, experts confirmed that there was no physiological “downside” to a period-free life. According to one expert, many American women have been doing away with their monthly periods using the traditional birth control pills without encountering any problems.
According to Dr. Camelia Davtyan, a gynecologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, the “period” women get while on conventional birth control pill is not connected to the natural cycle of egg production. “It's not a natural period. It's an artificially induced period that happens because she stops taking the hormones for seven days. So, she gets some vaginal bleeding,” added Davtyan.
Some women have a psychological attachment to their menstrual period as an affirmation of their femininity. More than the side effects, they feel more secure about their health when they are having regular menstruation.
Complete elimination of monthly period is just emotionally uncomfortable for some women. “They don't feel right about not having their period. For those women, obviously Lybrel and other such products are not good products for them,” said Dr. Michael Petriella, vice chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center, in Hackensack, New Jersey.
But for women who experience troublesome premenstrual syndrome (PMS), acne breakouts, blood-clotting, and painful endometriosis, understanding that they don't need to bleed prompted them to seek for contraception that will alleviate these physical, as well as emotional symptoms linked to menstruation.
Convenience and modern lifestyle encourage women not to have bleeding altogether. Having monthly periods mean wearing pads, and/or tampons which could limit them from engaging in sports and other physical activities.
The new generation birth control pills, which include the lighter-period pills, the no-PMS (premenstrual syndrome) pills, and the no-acne pills, are more likely to appeal to younger women and those with menstruation problems like endometriosis and menstrual migraine. 
All these pills are variations of the traditional birth control pills, which is a combination of mini-doses of estrogen and progestin. At present, there are no high-dose pills on the market anymore.

Birth Control Pills Create Mutant Trout!

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It may seem like an idea right out of some science fiction novel, but the reality is that the high levels of estrogen from birth control pills are causing mutations in fish and frogs. The hormones, coming from the sewage runoff of major cities, is mutating aquatic life near major urban areas across the US. While most people are not worried about this at the moment, experts believe that it is only a matter of time until the high levels of hormones in the water affect humans.

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The use of birth control pills are starting to become more prominently used in the continental US, with the statistics showing that more and more people are using it. There are reports of side effects and unusual reactions to them, but these are generally considered to be a natural part of the process. After all, any medication, even herbal and natural ones, can result in someone experiencing potentially harmful or uncomfortable side effects. However, most of these medications are not found to have any profound effect on anyone or anything else, aside from the person taking the medication. However, there are some signs that show birth control pills may be responsible for mutations and “alterations” to the natural environment.

It has been recently discovered that the hormones contained and triggered by birth control pills, once washed into natural water supplies, can have an effect on aquatic life. The most dramatic, and most recent, example being the discovery of mutated trout in a stream near Boulder, Colorado. While it wasn't unusual for a vast majority of the trout population to be female, the fact that 101 females were present in contrast to 12 males was rather disturbing. Some experts have commented that such drastic differences could pose difficulty in properly maintaining the population. However, even more alarming were the 10 samples that exhibited both male and female physical characteristics.

Initially, these 10 mutations were taken as natural occurrences, but further investigation found that these creatures developed their unusual traits due to exposure to high levels of estrogen and progesterone. It took time, but it was eventually traced back to the various birth control pills and other hormone-based medication being used by the human population in Boulder. This isn't a limited problem, however, with reports coming in about similar mutations and effects on a variety of other species coming in from all over the US.  In particular, rainbow trout male fertility is found to drop to an alarmingly low level because of exposure to the synthetic estrogen found in a number of birth control medications.

While this may seem utterly unimportant in the face of larger issues, some environmentalists say that there might be more to this problem than some people assume. The levels of estrogen and other synthetic hormones in the water may not have a direct effect on human beings now, but as the use of birth control increases and more of these hormones are washed into the water supply through human sewage, the problem can only get worse. Also, it is believed that the main reason that nobody has noted the effects of these high levels of synthetic hormones in the water on humans is that nobody has actually conducted a serious study on the effects of it yet.

However, some politically astute observers will note that this is unlikely to be made a major environmental issue. Unlike the debate between genetically modified crops and organically grown ones, this issue is intrinsically tied with an aspect of people's lives that most organizations would be unwilling to meddle in. Some believe that the debate will come down to sex education and sexual health against environmental preservation, with the latter being the most likely loser in the public arena. Of course, that is probably going to be the case until human mutations occur. At which point, some environmentalists and biologists believe, the damage may already be too much to undo.

Birth Control Pills: Further Evaluation Is Needed

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Further research is needed to identify whether SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) changes induced by birth control pills may or may not be completely reversible after discontinuation of oral contraceptives, and whether this leads to long-term sexual, metabolic, and mental-health changes in some women.

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While a certain study on birth control pills suggests a long-lasting negative effect on women's sexual function, it does not, however, prove that it can cause sexual dysfunction on women who are not on the pill.  But it does add to previous research findings that some birth control pills can lower a woman's free-testosterone level. Women with low testosterone are prone to a number of health problems that includes sexual health.
According to Dr. Claudia Panzer and Dr. Irwin Godstein of Boston University Medical Center, they found significantly lower scores in the Full Scale (female sexual function test) and in the domain of sexual desire for women on oral contraceptives compared with those who had never used oral contraceptives.
“There was significantly more sexual pain in the women who were taking oral contraceptives,” added Panzer, who practices her profession in Denver, and Goldstein, who is editor in chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine where the study appeared.
One finding that is considered very alarming is that when these women stopped taking birth control pills they had long-lasting increases in a protein that sucks up testosterone.
“Further research is needed to identify whether SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) changes induced by oral contraceptives may or may not be completely reversible after discontinuation of oral contraceptives, and whether this leads to long-term sexual, metabolic, and mental-health changes in some women,” wrote Panzer.
The study looked at 124 women, all of whom had “sexual health complaints.” Half of these women were using different kinds of birth control pills. Another 39 women had used the pill for at least six months but stopped at the beginning of the study, while 23 women had never used the pill. These 23 women who had never used the pill were slightly older (average age 36) than those still on the pill (average age 32) and those who stopped using the pill (average age 32).
The study suggested that women who had used birth control pills reported greater sexual dysfunction, less sexual desire, and greater pain during sex than those who never used the pill. Those who had used oral contraceptives had four times higher SHBG levels than those who had never used this birth control method. It is believed that SHBG lasts in the body for only about two weeks. Sure enough, the women who stopped using the pill saw about a 2.5-fold drop in their SHBG levels after 106 days. However, higher-than-normal SHBG levels persisted.
Panzer and her colleagues followed 11 of these women for a year or more. Their SHBG levels remained much higher than normal. That could be a problem, observed the researchers, as women with high SHBG levels might have lower testosterone levels.
“SHBG values may remain elevated to values significantly higher than 'never users' for a prolonged period of time despite discontinuation of oral contraceptives,” warned Panzer. “This is an early observation, which needs to be evaluated further,” she said.

Birth Control Pill: Health Benefits and Lifestyle Concerns

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Oral contraceptives or birth control pills are patronized by majority of sexually active women. Pills are not just safe, convenient, and inexpensive, but these are also relief provider to a number of health conditions. In this article, the author enumerates the different health conditions that can be treated by regular intake of birth control pill. The author also explains a number of lifestyle concerns on taking oral contraceptions.

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Oral contraceptives are preferred to use by millions of women worldwide as a form of birth control, for these are very efficient, inexpensive, convenient, and safe to use compared to other types of birth control methods. However, these contraceptive medications require prescription from health practitioners or gynecologists. With the wide selections of birth control pills available today, women should go for the ones that their trusted doctors recommend.

Aside from the facts that birth control pill is cheaper and convenient, this form of oral contraception is also highly regarded for its capacity to treat other types of medical and health conditions. Yes, birth control pills give a lot of health benefits aside from preventing pregnancy.

The following are health conditions that can be treated with oral contraceptives:

   1. Dysmenorrhea. This is an extreme abdominal pain that is experienced during the first few days of menstruation.
   2. Hirsutism. This is an abnormal hair growth, which is common on the face and neck areas, among females. Maintained intake of pills can significantly reduce and prevent additional hair growth.
   3. Irregular periods.
   4. Amenorrhea.
   5. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding. This is an abnormal bleeding in the vagina that triggers during a menstrual cycle.
   6. Acne.
   7. Hypernorrhea. This is an abnormal and quite heavy flow of menstruation.
   8. Cystic ovarian syndrome. This involves infertility and formation of tiny ovarian cysts.   

   Some lifestyle concerns on using birth control

Birth control pills do not work overnight. Since some birth control pills may not work in as fast as one week, it is highly recommended among women to use other types of contraception while they are on their first pill pack. Intake of oral contraception requires discipline and organization, for these are important in tracking the use of medications. Tracking here means ensuring that the pills are taken on time and in proper order. When traveling, one should keep an extra one month pack in case of emergency and pills may possibly be unavailable.

Once a woman decides to take birth control pills, she is required to see a gynecologist at least once a           year for consultation. Checkups generally include pelvic and breast exams, pap smear, and blood           pressure measurement. Depending on gynecological status and health, some women may even be            required to visit their gyne  a few times more than usual for additional follow-up consultations.

Most gynecologists require women who are taking pills to discontinue the intake of contraceptive  medication once they suspect they are pregnant or are already sure that they are pregnant. This will prevent any unwanted  complication on the unborn baby.                     

As for women who already gave birth, they can resume on taking birth control pills a few weeks after                  giving birth. Doctors, however, do not advice the intake of birth control pills that contain estrogen, for these can lessen the quality of the mother's breast milk. Progestin-only pills are the ones recommended by gynecologists to mothers who are still breastfeeding. In frequent checkup visits, women who are taking birth control pills will have no problem on asking or consulting to their gynecologists about their concerns and queries regarding the use, side effects, and benefits of birth control pill intake.

Birth Control Questions And Answers

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This article shares some commonly asked birth control questions. Although contraceptives have been in production for four decades now, a lot of people seem to still have little understanding of birth control and its different kinds.  Also included is a short tip on how to choose the best birth control method.

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Birth control has been around for over four decades now, and yet people only have the slightest understanding of what it is and how it can help them.  In this article, we are going to try to shed light on some of the most common birth control questions asked by people.

What does birth control do? How does it work?
Birth control is a group of actions, devices, and/or medications that is observed to intentionally prevent or lower the chances of becoming pregnant. It is intended to be used by people who are sexually active but are not yet ready to raise a child.  It works by doing the following:
l Preventing sperm cells from reaching egg cells.
l Preventing the release of new egg cells during ovulation.
l Preventing implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus.

How many kinds of contraceptives are there?
There are two major types of contraceptives, the reversible and the irreversible. Reversible contraceptives include: the natural method requires a person to take note of a woman's menstrual cycle, body temperature, and/or cervical mucus secretions to determine her safe and unsafe days to engage in sexual activity; the barrier method, which aims to prevent sperm from reaching egg cells, is made up of the male and female condom, cervical cap, diaphragm, and different forms of spermicides; the hormonal method, which works by altering a woman's hormone levels, includes the use of oral contraceptives, injectables, hormonal patches, and the likes; the intra-uterine device (IUD) that involves the insertion of a T-shaped device into the uterus to produce a localized swelling that produces white blood cells that end up killing sperm cells; and the traditional method, which includes sexual abstinence, coitus interruptus, and sexual outercourse.

The irreversible birth control method permanently stops a person's ability to bear and produce offspring. The only irreversible contraceptive method is sterilization, and it is done by means of vasectomy for men, and tubal ligation and hysterectomy for women.

What are the most commonly used birth control methods?
Sterilization takes top spot as the most commonly used contraceptive method around the world. Followed in order by the IUD, the oral contraceptive pill, the male condom, hormonal injections or implants, and withdrawal method.

Can contraceptives protect me from sexually transmitted diseases?
There are certain types of birth control methods that can protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and there are those that cannot. Barrier methods that require the use of latex sheaths to prevent contact of seminal fluid and the vagina are the most effective contraceptives to protect against STDs. Other methods that do nothing but change the level of the hormones or kill sperm are less efficient in safeguarding one's health from sexually acquired infections.

How can I choose which one is right for me?
The best birth control method differs for every person. What works for you may not be as effective to the someone else, and vice versa. However, you must always keep in mind that choosing is not as simple as drawing straws.  Talk to a physician or a licensed sexual health professional regarding the different benefits and risks of using the different contraceptives. From there, you can try out the different forms of birth control and see which one works best for you and your needs.

Birth Control Tricks That Don't Work

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In the modern era, there are a number of so-called “tricks” that a woman or a couple can do to prevent pregnancy. However, a decent understanding of how the menstrual cycle and conception works will help a person comprehend and distinguish the myths from the real effective birth control strategies.

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Women have been trying to prevent themselves from having children for centuries, with most societies tolerating or accepting such practices. The fact is, ancient methods of birth control have been in use even during periods that were thought to be controlled by conservatism, religious extremism, and plain ignorance about scientific principles of human reproduction. Some of these actually work while others simply don't.  Surprisingly, in this day and age, many people still think these traditional birth control methods are effective.  There are also those who prefer to see these folk methods as myths until science backs up the claims about the supposed effectiveness of these methods. This sort of skepticism is a positive thing, since birth control that doesn't work is essentially useless. However, there are times when that same skepticism doesn't seem to quite apply to more modern birth control myths. While some of them might have a degree of scientific data to back them up, quite a number of birth control urban legends are just that: legends.

One of the most prominent among these stories involves carbonated drinks. Usually, the stories list things like Coca-Cola or Sprite, though most any carbonated soda drink will do. As a pseudo-testament to the prevailing popularity of this story, it was referenced in the Anne Rice erotic novel “Belinda” and actually put through a scientific test on the Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters.” The stories generally say that the use of these drinks as a contraceptive involves shaking the cans and spraying it into the vaginal cavity, where the acidic content will theoretically kill sperm cells. Sadly, as scientific testing has proved, this method doesn't exactly work.

In a similar vein to the above, another idea that people have had over the years is that rinsing out the sperm can work. This is a fairly flexible myth, taking on a variety of forms in different areas. In some cases, there are as many ways to rinse out the sperm as there are people telling the story. These include taking a shower or bath immediately after, using a liquid to rinse out the sperm from the vagina (some variations of the carbonated drink myth involve this), and having the woman urinate. While some experts say that showering or bathing after sex could have a psychological effect, preventing conception using this tactic is nothing more than a myth.

Other people believe that it is impossible for a woman to get pregnant if she does not experience orgasm. If the media is to be believed, that would mean that most women in the US can never get pregnant. The fact is, experiencing an orgasm – or any sexual stimulation at all, really – is compeltely and utterly unnecessary to achieve pregnancy. This myth is often connected to the one that states that certain positions during sex prevent pregnancy. Both are ridiculous when it comes down to it, though the latter has some more outrageous claims. A particularly outrageous one claims that having intercourse standing up, in a closet, during a full moon is the best possible birth control. Sadly, according to statistics, there are some people out there that believe this.

The “withdrawal” method, which involves having the man “pull out” before achieving orgasm, can also be categorized as a myth. The release of sperm does not always accompany the male orgasm, with some men being able to release semen into the woman repeatedly without achieving orgasm. Even if the male orgasm is accompanied by the release of sperm, there are other factors that make this tactic highly dubious in the best of circumstances. For one thing, most males release a small amount of fluid prior to orgasm that contains some sperm. Also, even if the fluid is released outside the body, if the sperm manage to make it into the vagina, then there is still a chance of pregnancy. Consider that these cells are very microscopic and the fluid may be difficult to differentiate from vaginal secretions during sex.  Make a microscopic mistake --- and you've got yourself a situation.

Birth Control: An Overview

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This article is about the different birth control types.  The article gives a brief overview of the most commonly used birth control types, discussing how they work, the different forms of the different birth control methods, and whether they offer protection from sexually transmitted diseases or not.

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We live in a more sexually permissive world, and with that liberty came a rise in the number of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. It is because of this that more and more birth control products are being created and marketed. But how much do you really know about the different birth control types?

The hormonal method
This contraceptive method aims to prevent pregnancy by means of regulating the production of women's naturally occurring sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, to create a more consistent hormone level. A low level of estrogen stops the ovaries from releasing egg cells, while a low progesterone level impedes the preparation of the uterine lining to make it non-conducive for implantation. Hormonal contraceptives may come in the form of birth control pills, hormonal patches, injectables, implants, or vaginal rings. With perfect usage, the hormonal method has a high effectivity percentage, although it does not protect its users from sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

The barrier method
This birth control method works by forming a protective barrier against sperm. The barrier method includes the male and female condom, the diaphragm, the cervical cap, the contraceptive sponge, and spermicides. Barrier methods are more convenient and easier to use for men than for women. With the exception of spermicides and the contraceptive sponge, the barrier method offers a moderate amount of protection against sexually acquired infections.

It is a popular birth control method for people who engage in sexual activities unprepared. In this method, the man has to pull out his penis before he ejaculates. It requires both practice and self-control to properly pull off the withdrawal method. This method offers very little protection against STDs and AIDS.

Natural methods
This birth control method requires no drugs or chemicals, making it side effect-free. It works by being able to determine when a woman is fertile and avoiding sexual contact during those days. This is accomplished by keeping a record of a woman's temperature, and observing changes in a woman's cervical mucus secretions. The natural birth control method is highly effective if followed strictly. This method offers no protection at all against STDs.

Sexual Outercourse
Simply put, this method only discourages penetrative sex like anal and vaginal intercourse. This method includes masturbation and oral sex. Although highly effective in avoiding unwanted pregnancies, it does not offer protection from AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.

This method requires a person or a couple to refrain from engaging in any kind of sexual activity. Even if it is a difficult method to practice, it is a sure way of preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

It is important to understand that with the exception of abstinence and sexual outercourse, there is still a small chance that you'll get pregnant by accident. Most birth control methods are not 100% effective, after all. Consult a doctor or a health care professional to know more about the different benefits and side effects the different contraceptive methods may bring. The important thing to do is to find the one that works best for you and sticking to it.

Birth Control: Its Origin And History

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This article is about a brief history of birth control methods.  It shows the different kinds of contraceptive measures ancient people used.  This article also briefly discusses how some of the birth control methods have evolved into their future forms.

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With the help of modern science and the latest technology, more and more contraceptive methods are fast becoming available to the public. Although many  campaigns are being launched left and right to widen the public awareness on the subject of birth control and help explain how the different contraceptive devices and products work, these often overlook the history of birth control.  How did birth control come about?

Back in the day, there were no scientific explanations to prove how birth control worked and people just improvised and went with whatever seemed to work.  The oldest methods of contraception (not including abstinence from sex) are the withdrawal method, certain barrier methods, and herbal methods.

The withdrawal method, also known as the coitus interruptus, involves withdrawal of the penis from the vagina before a man reaches his orgasm.  It probably predates any other contraceptive method.  Experts said that once the connection between a man's emission of semen into the vagina and conception was suspected or established, men have started practicing it.  Different religions have their own views on the subject of withdrawal.  According to the book of Genesis, Onan incurred the wrath of God by “spilling his seed on the ground” in opposition to the custom to impregnate his sister-in-law.  Ancient Chinese and Indian beliefs indicated that coitus reservatus, or withdrawing the man's penis without ejaculating, helps retain a man's virility as they believed that ejaculating releases the yan, the essence of masculinity.  They believe that this method isn't regarded as the most reliable method of contraception as some men lose control and forget to “pull out” when it's time. 

Barrier methods were designed to stop sperm from reaching a fertile egg by means of caps and spermicides.  Early Egyptian women have historic records of using a vaginal suppository made up of a concoction of substances that were said to kill sperm.  Asian women were said to have used oiled paper as cervical caps, while European women used beeswax.  The first condom came about sometime in the 17th century.  It was first made of animal intestine.  Although the first condom is not as effective as the modern latex condoms, it was used both as a means of birth control and as protection from syphillis, which was then greatly feared as there were still no known cure for the disease.

Throughout the course of history, a lot of different abortifacients have been used by many women.  These are natural or synthetic substances that may induce an abortion.  A certain 2nd century Greek gynecologist named Soranus suggested women to drink water that blacksmiths use to cool metal.  Some women drank solutions mixed with mercury, arsenic, or other toxic materials for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.  It works by poisoning the woman's body so that it will not be conducive to support pregnancy. 

The herbal method was said to have been used by ancient tribes to control population.  The herbs tansy and pennyroyal were said to have worked the same way as the above-mentioned abortive chemicals, poisoning a woman enough to prevent her body from conceiving, but not enough to kill her.  But aside from being abortive, some herbs were used as preventive measures for pregnancy.  The hibiscus rosa-sinensis may have antiestrogenic properties that change the hormone levels of women.  Papaya seeds were said to have been used as a male contraceptive.

The modern day intra-uterine device (IUD) was said to have come from a folktale about Arab traders who inserted small stones into their camels' uterus to prevent pregnancy.  However, the first IUD that covered the vagina and the uterus was first marketed in the early 1900s.  Then finally, the first modern IUD was created in 1909.

Times have changed, and so have birth control methods.  They have been enhanced and improved to further accommodate the people who intent to use them.  People who have become more and more liberal as culture and society have evolved.

Birth Control:  Shaping Your Family's Health and Future

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In most countries, there is no limit as to the number of child a parent can have as long as he can provide for their needs and welfare. However, family planning is not just about birth control but laying a solid foundation for a better future.

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Some people ask themselves if it's okay to engage in premarital sex and in their minds try to weigh its pros and cons. There are couples who engage in premarital sex way before they even get into high school. At the onset of puberty, kids begin to be curious about their sexuality. And without proper guidance, these kids explore and venture into the realm of the senses without much thought of the dire consequence of their impulsive actions. Come to think of it, teens are not the only ones guilty of such wanton behavior but even adults as well. Indeed, the world has shaped a permissive attitude towards premarital sex. 
On the positive side of the scale, there is peer acceptance and the gratification of sexual desires. After all, the kind of message we receive in the media today, be it on TV or in the movies, is that “everyone is doing it.” But its downside carries the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, and the heavy weight of moral consequence such as guilt. Thus, morality plays a vital role in dealing with the issues about premarital sex.  But for those couples who have learned to “wait”, the prospect of married life and eventually, raising their own family becomes a satisfying experience.
Parenthood is one of the noblest tasks a married couple has to take as they carry on with their relationship. Some who are not blessed to have their own children would even go to the extent of adopting someone else’s child just so they can experience parenthood.
In most countries, there is no limit as to the number of children couples can have as long as he can provide for their needs and welfare. However, due to economic considerations, many couples have decided to put a limit to the number of kids they want to raise, much to the consternation of the church. We all know that the church advocates procreation and is totally against family planning or birth control. Thus, we are faced with the dilemma of choosing between having a big and happy brood than a small but a well-planned family. 
Family planning is not just to limit the number of kids a family but is also a means to improve the quality of life of each family member. It’s not just about birth control but laying a solid foundation for a better future. 
The type of birth control you choose depends on your needs. Some people only need to prevent pregnancy. Modern couples try not to have babies in the first two years of marriage in order for them to enjoy each other as husband and wife. This will enable them to have strong bonding and prepares them for the coming of their future children. If and when they decide to have kids, they try to plan or limit the number and succession of their offspring. By doing so, they are able to manage and monitor the needs of their children in terms of their financial, emotional, and physical capabilities. 
Other couples may also resort to contraceptives to protect themselves or their partners from diseases that can be passed on by having sex. These diseases are called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): AIDS, chlamydia, herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Statistics released by Planned Parenthood shows that birth control paved the way for improved family life: “The maternal death rate has fallen more than 60 percent. The infant death rate has declined by more than 70 percent. Birth control not only saves lives — it helps women and their families prevent poverty, plan their futures, and take charge of their destinies.”
To decide which method to use at this point in your life, talk with your family doctor about the pros and cons of each birth control option.  Better yet, think before you do.

Birth Defects and Chemicals

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While an embryo may die due to a chemical exposure and result in a miscarriage, a developing fetus will survive but can suffer altered DNA that results in malformations, deformities, retardation and birth defects - lifetime serious personal injuries that can and should have been avoided.

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While an embryo may die due to a chemical exposure and result in a miscarriage, a developing fetus will survive but can suffer altered DNA that results in malformations, deformities, retardation and birth defects - lifetime serious personal injuries that can and should have been avoided.

It is not as if scientists haven't known that dangerous chemicals cause birth defects or only learned that fact recently.

Chemical manufacturers for decades did not report all known risks of chemical exposure, relying on the weakest reports assuring safety, to avoid loss of sales.

The same chemical suppliers that find themselves defendants in cancer cases are also defendants in birth defect cases because chemicals that cause mutations upset DNA.  Mutagens are carcinogens and teratogens.  The same chemicals that cause cancer are also responsible for birth defects.

Manufacturers are held responsible for birth defects becaus of failing to warn, but they have successfully provided themselves with a handmaiden in their defense known as the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists.  It is largely a chemical industry dominated organization that has set exposure levels for workers to prevent acute, i.e. immediate adverse physical reactions.  Unfortunately OSHA has adopted these weak standards. The result is that when chemical companies are sued for birth defects their chief defense is "we have done all that we are required to do" and the pregnant mother's exposures were within the levels allowed by law.

But it doesn't end there.

Proposition 65 was adopted by California voters demanding a healthy and clean environment.  As a result the State of California sets health-based environmental exposure limits for specific chemicals in air and water.

The maximum concentrations are not allowed to cause more than one additional cancer per million people exposed to the chemical over their lifetime.

California has very stringent public health standards. 

OSHA, on the other hand, allows manufacturers and employers to expose workers to levels of chemicals that are thousands of times higher than the health levels set by Cal EPA.

Methylene chloride, benzene, epichlorohydrin, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene have been used in industry for years. Toxicologists confirm that these chemicals are known carcinogens.

The difference in how these chemicals are regulated by environmental and health laws and OSHA is astounding.

Under environmental regulations, the maximum concentration of methylene chloride that can be discharged to the air, if converted to what is known in industry as an "8 hour time weighted average," is .001 parts per million [ppm].

Under OSHA rules the "allowable" level of exposure for methylene chloride is 25 ppm, which is 25,000 times greater than the health standard.

For benzene, the OSHA level is 1 ppm, even though the health standard is 1 part per billion [ppb]. The OSHA standard is 1,000 times greater.

Health regulations allow exposures to epichlorohydrin of 0.001 ppm, while OSHA allows 2 ppm, which is 2,000 times greater.

The maximum concentration of trichloroethylene under health standards is 0.007 ppm or 7 ppb. But the OSHA level for TCE is 25 ppm. That's 3,571 times higher.

OSHA levels for perchloroethylene are 25 ppm, but under health regulations the allowable limit is 0.003 ppm. The OSHA limit is 8,333 times greater.

On a day-to-day basis, workers have been exposed to high levels of dangerous chemicals, which have been thousands of times stronger than levels allowed by public health laws.  As outrageous as it is, it is legal.

Employers don't worry because they cannot be sued.  Workers are relegated to filing claims with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board for "benefits" [an oxymoron] that are extremely limited.

Unborn children exposed to chemicals during pregnancy are not forced into the WCAB system because they are not employees.  Children are entitled to full constitutional protections against a parent's employer for the injuries suffered in the womb. 

In most states the time limit on bringing suit does not start to run until a person becomes an adult on their 18th birthday.  Usually two years is allowed or before the 20th birthday, except for Tennessee that has a one-year time limit.

Most states recognize "delayed discovery." This discovery rule provides that the statute of limitations period starts to run when an injured person has, or should reasonably have, knowledge s/he has suffered injury.

Not all claims of delayed discovery are successful.  So, filing before an injured person's 20th birthday stops a chemical company from raising a statute of limitations defense or attacking a delayed discovery claim.

As a practical matter because it is necessary to identify the manufacturers of chemicals causing injury and to prove the level of exposure, mothers who worked with chemicals during pregnancy should promptly take action before valuable co-workers can no longer be found to testify in their support.


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Birth Size Could Be Linked to Use of Antidepressant Drugs

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Children who were born smaller than average may end up experiencing things such as depression and anxiety later in life, a British study showed. The problems, in theory, are caused by the same factors that cause fetuses to grow slower in the womb. However, the study has encountered problems because the researchers ignored several variables that could have impacted the outcome.

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In direct opposition of the old saying, size may actually matter. At least, they appear to matter when it comes to determining which children are more likely to need antidepressant drugs in their later years. Some recent studies have found evidence pointing to the possibility that babies that are smaller than average are more likely to develop a number of behavioral disorders, with depression being the most notable among them. Statistical data was gathered to serve as background verification, which had data that supported the theory. However, this is still not entirely accepted, and additional research into the matter needs to be conducted.

The research speculated that certain conditions in the mother's womb that lead to smaller babies at birth may also be responsible for mood disorders, such as depression. The study involved an estimated 4,600 babies who were born in 1946. Researchers noted down details such as weight, the condition at birth, and the life signs. Forty years later, those babies were checked up and the results showed that those children who were born smaller than average had developed a mood disorder and used antidepressant drugs at least once in the past. According to the statistical data gathered, there appeared to be a relationship between birth size and mental health. In theory, a baby's size at birth is inversely proportional to the state of that child's future mental health, such that bigger children are less likely to be effective in dealing with anxiety or depression.

One problem with this conclusion, however, is the fact that the research team did not really do any research on the other probable causes. There was no effort to eliminate  other possibilities over the course of the data analysis, at least, according to opponents of the theory. Some critics have also pointed out that the study is incomplete, in the sense that not all of the potentially relevant information was noted by the research team. Among these are medical history (both mental and physical), possible hereditary traits, and other factors. This casts a sizable amount of doubt on just how accurate the theory is, even if it does have enough information to prompt further research into the matter. It should be noted that some of those studies are dedicated solely to eliminating some of the variables that affected the final results.

There were also other things that proved notable, even if not all the pertinent data was taken. For example, there was the fact that all of those who had developed mental illness problems and used antidepressant drugs in their adult lives also developed slower than other children. In particular, milestones such as their first word and the ability to walk on two legs were notably performed a significant amount of time later than average children. It was noted that these same individuals also were of smaller than average birth height and weight, lending some credibility to the theory.

Still, as stated above, the idea has not yet been proven conclusively. There is still a large number of variables that have not been taken account for and possible causes that were not eliminated, or even noted. These are glaring weaknesses in the argument to support the results of the study, especially since the details ignored by the research team could easily have had a significant impact on their findings.

title:Bisphenol A and You!
author:Terry Connors
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you - just one word.
Ben: Yes sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Ben: Yes I am.
Mr. McGuire: 'Plastics.'
-- The Graduate
Yes, plastics.  The miracle of modern science.  Without plastics.  . . why, there are a whole bunch of things we wouldn't have.  And you want things, don't you?  Of course you do.  You can't do without things.
A Bisphenol A molecule
According to a  study by the University of Cincinnati, Bisphenol A - a chemical that mimics estrogen in the human body - affects developing brains at much lower concentrations than previously thought.  The research team, led by Dr. Scott Belcher, PhD, showed that the maximum effect of Bisphenol A occurs at 0.23 parts per trillion.
I hear you groan: "Please, don't lecture us about something else that can kill us.  Every day, its something new - how are we supposed to remember what to avoid?"
Rest assured, dear reader, there is nothing you can do to avoid Bisphenol A. . . at least, not at the concentrations necessary to do harm.
Bisphenol A is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastic (used in many food containers - including baby bottles).  It is also used to make an epoxy-resin coating that lines the inside of most of our canned food.  It is also used in electrical wiring, and has a myriad of other uses.
Lets pause here for a moment to clarify something.  Just because something is made from something else, does not mean that there is any of the original material present in the finished good.  If the final product is much more chemically stable than the original material, there is very little chance that the original material will be present at any detectable level.
However, that is not the case with polycarbonate and epoxy resins made from Bisphenol A.  These products have been shown to be somewhat unstable, which can lead to a breakdown into Bisphenol A, which can lead to subsequent human exposure.
Previous research (by a pro-Bisphenol A organization, no less) has shown that the typical daily exposure to Bisphenol A for the average person measures about 20-30 nanograms per kilogram of body weight.  Thats about 20-30 parts per trillion, in other words -- 100 times higher than the amount necessary to damage a developing brain.
"So, what does it do?  How does it kill me?  How can I avoid this horrible fate?"
First, it won't kill you.   Although there are many other reports from over the years that have linked Bisphenol A to breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer, you have to ingest much more Bisphenol A to get these effects.  As much as several parts per million, in fact.
However, Bisphenol A has its greatest impact at the low dose of 0.23 parts per trillion on developing brains.  It affects the brains by "appearing" to be estrogen in the body.  This can block normal estrogen functionality, which research has shown to be crucial at certain developmental stages in the human fetus.  It is unclear what this inhibited estrogen action will have on the person in later life.
As a former chemist who used to work with inks and coatings, I know that Bisphenol A is very easy to formulate with.  It has been used for decades, and there are a large number of resources on Bisphenol A to assist a bench chemist formulate.  I also know that there are many other materials that can be used that are much safer, and no more expensive than Bis-A.
I know its hard to keep straight what is really dangerous and what isn't.  A huge number of people have been sucked in by the Aspartame hoax, for example, and all of them have the best intentions.  However, Bisphenol A is a known carcinogen, a known sensitiser, and now is a possbile teratagen.  We also know that it unecessary to use Bisphenol A since there are other, safer, materials that can replace it.  So why don't we?
I'm not really sure, but I bet it has something to do with money.
Blackjack Strategy Tips: How to Win in Blackjack

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Here basic blackjack strategy is explained in a clear and simplified manner. Read, memorize and win.

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Blackjack is one of the few casino games that are beatable in the long run. It means that by using a basic blackjack strategy you can have an advantage over the casino and eventually step away from the blackjack table as a winner. Here you can find the basic blackjack strategy explained in a simplified manner.

The blackjack strategy is based on the mathematical probabilities of the game and it provides you guidance on the best decisions to make at every possible situation during the game. It takes about an hour to memorize this strategy but it is worth every minute. This does not man you will win every single blackjack game from now on, but with the help of the blackjack strategy, patience and persistence, you can significantly improve your chances of beating the casino in the long run.

Note that some blackjack rules vary from one casino to another. In some casinos, both brick and mortar and internet casinos, blackjack is played with one card deck while in others the blackjack game occupies four decks or more. In addition, in some of the casinos the dealer hits on a soft 17 while in others he is required to stand and doubling after splitting is allowed only in some of the casinos.

Here you can find a basic strategy to a single deck blackjack game where the dealer hits on soft 17. Playing other blackjack variants would require you to make some adjustments for a few borderline occurrences.

First, here is a short introduction to the terms mentioned here:
Hard Hand: two initial cards that do not include an Ace.
Soft Hand: two initial cards that one of them is an Ace
Stand: when a player is not asking to be dealt more cards after the two initial cards.
Hit: when a player calls for an additional card to be dealt
Double: when a player doubles his initial bet after the initial deal, but it requires him to hit only one card.
Split: when a player separates the initial two cards into two individual hands and plays them as 2 hands.

Finally, here is a basic blackjack strategy:
When your initial two card hand sums up to 8 or less: hit
When your hand sums up to 9 and the dealer hand value is between 3 and 6: double if else: hit when your hand sums up to 10 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 9: double; if else:
When your hand sums up to 11 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 10: double; if else hit.
When your hand sums up to 13, 14, 15, or 16 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 6: stand; if else hit.
When your hand sums up to 17: stand.
when your initial two card hand contains Ace 2 or Ace 3 and the dealer has either 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
When your hand contains Ace 4 or Ace 5 and the dealer has 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
When your hand contains Ace 6 and the dealer has 3, 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
When your hand contains Ace 7 and the dealer has 2, 7 or 8: stand; if he has 3, 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
When your hand contains Ace 8 or Ace 9: stand
When your hand contains a pair of 2s or 3s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7: split; if else: hit
When your hand contains a pair of 4s and the dealer has either 4 or 5: split; if else: hit
When your hand contains a pair of 5s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 9: double; if else: hit
When your hand contains a pair of 6s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 6: split; if else: hit
When your hand contains a pair of 7s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7: split; if else: hit
When your hand contains a pair of 8s: split
When your hand contains a pair of 9s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7 and either 8 or 9: split; if else: stand
When your hand contains a pair of 10s: stand
When your hand contains a pair of 8s: split

Blackjack: Learn How to Become a Champion

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Here, you will find practical and easy to learn tips on playing blackjack at home or at a casino that will turn you into a champion.

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Learn How to Play and Win Blackjack after practicing some basic steps that can be learn easily. Blackjack is one of the more easier card games that you will come across, and its basic concept is simple: get 21 as the sum of your cards or get as close to 21 but higher than the sum of your opponent's cards.

1) Do not try and reach 21.
Yes. Even though blackjack is also commonly called 21, trying to reach 21 with every hand is an amateurish move. You will, most certainly, lose the hand. Statistical research conducted has shown that the odds of reaching 21 is lesser than the odds of getting more than 21.

2) Try and Beat the Dealer.
Since blackjack is a one on one battle: you versus the dealer, focus on beating the dealer. Instead of trying to get 21, try to guess what hand the dealer will receive and accordingly play your hand. Remember that the dealer at a regular casino or even at an online casino has to stop taking more cards if the cards on the table add up to 17. But if their cards add up to 16 or any number less, they will have to take another card.

3) Look at the dealer's card facing up.
The only way to play is to look at the dealer's card facing up. If it is a low card like a two or anything up to a 6 or 7, try and get a high number combination. If it’s a 9 or 10, the odds are high that he has a 10 underneath or at least he will be forced to take another card. So, reach anything up to 20 or 21, but its better to even stop at a 18 or 19 and hope they will over-run the sum of 21.

How Blackjack is Played at a Casino:
1) Place your bet on the table.
Each blackjack table has a set beginning bet and this ranges from a dollar to ten or twenty for the high-rollers crowd. This is the amount of chips you will have to put down, and this signals to the dealer that you are taking part in the next round.

2) You will get a card.
The dealer then deals a card to you and all the other players who have also placed a bet down.

3) The dealer places a face-up card in front.
This is one of the cards of the dealer, and since its facing up, all the players have a chance to judge the outcome of his cards.

4) The dealer deals the second card.
The dealer, then, deals you and all the players an additional card. This is the time to have a look at them and at the dealer's card and decide whether you wish to get another card.

5) The dealer asks.
The dealer now turns to each player and asks them if they wish to receive another card. If you wish  it, the dealer will give you a card. Then, the dealer will ask you again. Note that the dealer will be with you until you decide that you do not want to receive any more cards. Then, the dealer moves on to the next player, then, the next, and so on.

6) The dealer starts playing.
Only when all the players have said that they do not want any more cards, does the dealer start playing. He takes cards until he has reached 17 or above. Then, he has to stop.

7) The dealer opens the cards.
When he's done, the dealer first reveals all his cards. Then, he moves from one player to the other opening their cards. After revealing each player's hands, the dealer pays out the bet or takes the bet away according to who has won and who has lost.

Bladder Cancer  And The Effects Of Colon Cleansing

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You have probably heard about some of the many ways that you can cleanse your colon, but you may not understand the benefit of colon cleansing.

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You have probably heard about some of the many ways that you can cleanse your colon, but you may not understand the benefit of colon cleansing.  There are many reasons that you are going to want to have a colon cleansing done at least every couple of years. 

Herbs are good in intestinal cleansing since they get rid of pounds of foul smelling food debris that have been stocked inside the colon.  Often colon cleansing can take up to a month and there are products that are very effective such as powers, teas, and pills.  Increase your level of exercise to assist in eliminating constipation and speed up detoxification and colon cleansing. 

Increase the fiber in your diet and include whole grains, fruits and vegetables to help activate colon cleansing and constipation relief.  For detoxifying or cleansing the colon, it is also important to include probiotics in your diet in order to replenish the good bacteria in the intestines.  Many people swear to the fact that after years of self-medication and doctor visits, a colon cleansing is what finally cured them of many of the diseases they were suffuring from for years. 

As the awareness of colon cleansing is reaching more and more people, new methods of colon cleansing are also available.  A colon cleansing kit consist of a 3 part system. The tea, powder, and the pills as mentioned above. But far from the only thing on the market.

Constipation is caused by so many different contributing factors that it is very challenging to come up with a colon cleansing recipe that will work fairly widely.  Juice fasting is a great way of cleansing the colon. The second way is to use cleansing herbal formulas which often contain herbs that are known to kill parasites, reactivate the peristalsis (muscular action of the colon) and eliminate mucus and compacted feces from the sides of the colon wall. 

Often the colon wall muscles will expand and lose tone.  Good colon health implies the proper and adequate functioning of the colon and toxic-free state of the colon. 
The best thing to do is to make sure that you are having a colon cleansing done every couple of years so that you are not going to have any complications in the near future because of all the toxins that you may be taking in.  Please remember that it is important to consult a medical practitioner for advice before you start a colon cleansing program.  Happy colon health to you, and please visit my websites to learn more about colon detoxification cleansing.

Bladder Cancer: Another Health Risk Posed by Cigarette Smoking

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The article talks about heightened risk of smokers in developing bladder cancer. Though treatable, certain treatments may lead to the development of certain side effects that may affect one's sexual health. However, quitting the habit may drastically reduce the risks of developing certain cancers and lead to overall health improvement.

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Cigarette smoking has been strongly linked to ailments such as heart disease, lung cancer, and other respiratory and circulatory diseases. However, there are several other cancers that can be developed because of cigarette smoking such as bladder cancer. Bladder cancer affects about 53,000 thousand individuals across the United States and smokers are twice more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 60 of which are highly carcinogenic. Smoking means exposing oneself to chemicals like hydrogen cyanide, butane, nicotine, carbolic acid, ammonia, and other harmful chemicals. As these substances are inhaled, they are absorbed into the lungs and eventually into the bloodstream. The blood then gets filtered by the kidneys and is incorporated in the urine. These carcinogens damage the urothelial cells that line the bladder walls and cause the development of tumors.

In some cases, bladder cancer often causes no symptoms until it has reached an advanced cure that may be difficult to cure. Noticeable symptoms of bladder cancer are non-specific, which means that these conditions may be linked to other health conditions other than cancer. Some of the symptoms of bladder cancer include the following:

Presence of blood in the urine;
Pain or burning sensation during urination without the occurrence of urinary tract infection (UTI); and
Urinating more often or feeling the strong urge to urinate without producing much urine.

Because of modern technology and advanced medicine, treatments for bladder cancer are now widely available. Treatment depends on the stage of the disease, the type of cancer, and the patient's overall health. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy are some of the common methods performed to treat this kind of cancer. However these treatments may produce a number of side effects that may affect one's sexual health. These treatments may cause certain signs and symptoms that may make sexual intimacy with one's partner more difficult. But this does not mean that a healthy sex life after cancer treatment cannot be achieved. Doctors should be consulted for possible remedies for these conditions.

Some sexual health problems that may be caused by cancer treatment may include the following:

Inability to achieve or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Difficulty climaxing
Orgasm without discharge of semen (dry orgasm)
Weaker, less satisfying orgasms
Loss of libido
Pain during sex

The development of different kinds of cancers that are linked to cigarette smoking have made the need to quit smoking more important. Despite the availability of many methods for cancer, people can drastically lessen the risks of developing bladder cancer by quitting cigarette smoking --- a goal that might be easier said than done for certain individuals. These individuals may use various quit smoking products like nicotine gums, patches, and others that are out in the market. These products are scientifically proven to aid individuals who want to quit smoking. These products work by temporarily supplying the body with nicotine through means other than cigarettes. This helps calm physical withdrawal symptoms of cigarette smoking. Using these products and coupling them with the right attitude a sure formula for the prevention of bladder cancer and improve one's overall health and well-being.

Bladder Infections

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Using the Six Steps of Healing, Wise Woman Susun Weed offers ways to deal with bladder infections (UTIs).

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“If you let that fiery wise blood just sit there in your belly, great granddaughter,” admonishes Grandmother Growth, “you'll get the urge to quench that heat. You'll get a tickle, a twinge, an urgent call. But you won't have the moisture you need. It's boiled away. It's gone up in steam.

“So I'll say it once more: circulate your wise blood, granddaughter. Spiral it around and up to your crown. Take action on your anger. Pleasure yourself. And you'll be one of those old crones, like me, whose eyes sparkle with mirth and flash with intention.”

Step 1: Collect Information

Bladder infections are also known as cystitis, urethritis, and UTIs (urinary tract infections). When bacteria grow in the bladder, the resulting infection usually causes symptoms such as: a burning sensation during voiding, overwhelming urgency, frequent but minuscule urinations, incontinence, bloody urine, and pelvic pain. Up to 25 percent of bladder infections in post- menopausal women are silent or symptomless.

Bacteria enter the bladder in three primary ways: when feces are spread to the bladder opening (such as wiping from back to front after toileting), when the tube leading to the bladder is irritated or bruised (as from use of a diaphragm, pelvic surgery, or prolonged/vigorous vaginal penetration), or when there is an in-dwelling catheter.

The thinning and shrinking of reproductive and bladder tissues that may occur in the post- menopausal years contributes to bladder infections in older women, as does lessening of vaginal acidity.

Sometimes tiny ulcerations appear in the wall of the bladder; this is called interstitial cystitis (IC). Some of the remedies in this section are contraindicated for women with interstitial cystitis.

These remedies are substantially the same ones that delighted and aided the readers of my first book: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year.

Step 2: Engage the Energy

  • Flow, flow, flow. Head off that bladder infection by drinking a glass of water hourly as soon as you feel the first urgency or burning. It is tempting to stint on drinking if you find yourself unexpectedly incontinent, but don't. Bladder infections only make incontinence worse.

  • Urine is ideally neutral to slightly acidic (pH 5.8–pH 7). Very acidic urine (below pH 5.5) encourages infections. An established infection gives rise to alkaline urine (pH 7.5 or higher), which causes stinging and burning. Test your urine with pH paper at any time except first thing in the morning. Cranberry juice lowers pH; vitamin C raises it.

  • Cantharis is a homeopathic remedy for scalding urine.

  • Step 3: Nourish and Tonify

    • Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) contain substances that kill bacteria and make your bladder wall so slippery that any escaping bacteria can't latch on and thrive there. Unsweetened cranberry juice (or concentrate) is the most effective form. (The sugar or corn syrup in cranberry cocktail-type juices and cran-apple juices can feed the infection.) 

    Drink freely, at least a glass a day, up to a quart/liter a day for acute infections unless your urine's pH is already low.

  • Pelvic floor exercises help prevent and relieve bladder infections too! Try this one: After urinating, close your eyes, relax, breathe out, and see if you can squeeze out an extra dribble.

  • An overgrowth of vaginal yeast may be irritating your bladder or urethra. Eat one cup of plain yogurt 4-5 times a week.

  • Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate

    • Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is an old favorite for strengthening the bladder and ending chronic silent bladder infections. I prefer a hot water infusion of the dried leaves, but know women who have successfully used cold water infusions, tinctures, even vinegars. A dose is 1 cup/125 ml of infusion; 10-30 drops of tincture; 1 tablespoonful/15 ml of vinegar; 3–6 times a day initially, then 1–3 times a day for 7–10 days. In very chronic cases, eliminate all forms of sugar (even fresh fruit, fruit juice, and honey) for a month as well.

  • Yarrow is a urinary disinfectant with a powerful antibacterial action and an astringent effect. A small cup of the infusion, once or twice a day for 7–10 days, tones up weak, lax bladder tissues. Combines well with uva ursi. Results may be felt within hours. 

  • In my experience, Echinacea purpurea and E. augustifolia are as effective as antibiotics in clearing bladder infections and do not contribute to vaginal yeast. (See Step 5b.) A dose is 1 drop echinacea tincture per 2 pounds/1 kilo body weight. (For 150 pound/70 kilo person, use 75 drops or three dropperfuls.) In acute cases, I give the dose every 2 hours. As the infection clears, I lengthen the amount of time between doses until I'm down to 1–2 doses a day, which I continue for another 2–10 weeks.

  • Women who wash their vulva with soap and water are four times more likely to get vaginal and bladder infections. Douches, bubblebaths, tampons, nylon underwear, and pantyhose may also irritate the urethra and contribute to bladder infections.

  • Known bladder irritants include: alcohol, black tea, coffee, sodas, citrus juices, chocolate, cayenne, and hot peppers. (An herbal tincture in an alcohol base won't irritate the bladder if you take it diluted in a glass of water or a cup of herb tea.) 

  • Urinating after love play flushes out bacteria and cuts down on UTIs. Urinating before love play increases your risk of a bladder infection.

  • Step 5a: Use Supplements

    • Ascorbic acid wrings the kidneys, flushes the bladder, and raises urinary pH. Try 500 mg hourly for 6–8 hours. CAUTION:  IC sufferers — avoid!

  • Be careful about taking calcium supplements if you are prone to bladder infections. Calcium supplements increase bacterial adherence to the bladder wall, increasing bladder infections.

  • Step 5b: Use Drugs

    Antibiotics are the standard medical treatment for women with bladder infections. But taking antibiotics frequently causes vaginal yeast overgrowth (which can lead to bladder infection). One — nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin) — seems to cause microscopic scarring and ulceration of the bladder wall, precipitating IC.

    Step 6: Break and Enter

    Dilation of the urethra is expensive, painful, and causes tiny scars on the urethra, which may lead to interstitial cystitis. I have seen it referred to as “the rape of the female urethra”. No controlled study has shown this procedure to be effective at limiting chronic bladder infections. Do pelvic floor exercises instead.

    Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

    Susun Weed
    PO Box 64
    Woodstock, NY 12498
    Fax:  1-845-246-8081

    Blade Versus Bladeless LASIK Eye Surgery: What Is The Difference?

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    As a patient you must know the difference between the two surgery types.

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    Patients considering LASIK eye surgery may come across medical jargon, such as "blade" and "bladeless" LASIK. To a layman, such terms might appear overwhelming. However, as a patient you must know the difference between the two surgery types, and the rewards and risks associated with each.

    Traditional LASIK makes use of a microkeratome to cut a thin hinged flap in the cornea. The flap is then folded back to reveal the stroma – the middle layer of the cornea. A high precision laser, called the excimer laser, is used to reshape the corneal surface so as to correct any refractive error. The flap is then repositioned to act as a natural bandage. Since the microkeratome used to create a flap is in fact a surgical blade, the procedure is also known as blade LASIK.

    A more recent innovation, introduced in 1999, makes use of a high energy laser (IntraLase or femtosecond laser) to create a flap during surgery. As opposed to traditional LASIK, IntraLase does not employ a surgical blade, and hence the procedure is often marketed as "bladeless" or "all laser" LASIK. The term itself has raged a debate among eye surgeons, as to whether it should be used in IntraLase advertisements or not. Several surgeons assert that the term "bladeless" implies that traditional LASIK, which makes use of a surgical blade (microkeratome), is a scarier proposition, when in fact it’s not.

    The creation of the flap is an important part of the laser eye surgery procedure. It’s true that flap predictability is better with a laser flap, that is, with bladeless LASIK. Moreover, there is a reduced possibility of flap complications, such as partial flaps, flap dislocation, free flaps etc. However, an expert surgeon wielding a contemporary microkeratome can very well match the finesse of bladeless LASIK. Although the chances are rare, there is an issue of transient light sensitivity as well – a unique risk associated with bladeless LASIK. Moreover, the bladeless LASIK procedure costs an extra $300 per eye, when compared with traditional LASIK.

    All said and done, LASIK itself is one of the safest refractive surgery procedure. Whether it’s blade or bladeless, it largely depends on the eye surgeon of your choice. If the surgeon has loads of experience carrying out microkeratome procedures, it’s better to have it that way. If otherwise, you may go in for the relatively new bladeless LASIK surgery.

    Finding a LASIK surgery that you are confident about will be able to give you more information about blade and bladeless LASIK.

    title:Blast Away Your Negative Stress With Yoga
    author:Jeff Smith
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

    Will you be able to manage the stress in your life?
    It seems that everyday brings more and more stress. Yoga  is a terrific way to counter all the stressors in today's fast-paced society.
    Now it's clear, not all stress is equal. 
    All stresses place demands on your life.  Stress turns negative if you perceive that demand to be outside of your control. 
    Yoga is a powerful way to bring control back into your life,  allowing you to change the way you percieve demands reducing  negative stress in your life. 
    Your yoga program will directly confront the negative stress in your life, making you more prepared to take on the demands of  positive stress - helping you to grow spiritually, emotionally and intellectually.
    The more relaxing Hatha Yoga could easily be used to wind down from a very stressful day, or you could choose forms of power Yoga such as Ashtanga where you can loose yourself in yoga poses that help you build strength and stamina.
    Too many people turn to harmful methods to help overcome the  lack of control in their lives.
    They turn to alchohol, cigarettes, overworking, drugs or simply giving up on their dreams and ambitions in life. 
    Will you escape the life of the captive monkey who eventually gives up trying to escape their prison?
    Will you open your mind, heart and schedule to Yoga? 
    Use relaxation yoga to free you from life's negative stress,  you will be amazed at the results.
    title:Bleeding Gums
    author:Scott Baker
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    Bleeding gums can be one sign of periodontal disease, gingivitis, or other serious problems. Other symptoms of poor dental health may include persistent bad breath, toothache, and receding gums. Untreated, bleeding gums and gum disease can lead to serious medical problems. Good oral hygiene, including thorough brushing and the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth, is crucial. However, brushing alone is not enough to stop bleeding gums. Total oral hygiene requires a comprehensive plan to care for the entire mouth, including the teeth and gums, but also including all of the tissue inside the mouth.
    Bleeding gums may indicate other medical problems. The Academy of General Dentistry points out that bleeding gums and problems that occur in the mouth may point to other serious conditions: * Bad breath and bleeding gums are a strong indicator of diabetes.
    Gum disease can complicate a heart condition.
    A sore and painful jaw is a clue for a potential heart attack.
    Dental x-rays may show the first signs of osteoporosis
    Bleeding gums may also be an indication of canker sores. Canker sores are caused by a virus. Bleeding gums may occur when canker sores become irritated. Bleeding gums may also be caused by age. As we age, many people find that their gums begin to recede, making them literally "long in the tooth." Untreated, receding gums can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist can determine whether your bleeding gums are caused by canker sores, receding gums, periodontal infection or periodontal disease, or other causes. An accurate diagnosis to determine why you have bleeding gums is an important part of choosing the appropriate course of treatment.
    Help for Bleeding gums
    Bleeding gums and other oral health problems are treatable if they are caught early and taken care of before the condition gets out of hand. Millions of Americans neglect to take care of their gums, teeth and mouth, often with tragic results. If you have a toothache, canker sore, receding gums, or excessive plaque or tartar, then you should take steps to correct the problem. Bleeding gums are unhealthy and unattractive. You don't have to live with bleeding gums. You can learn more about bleeding gums, gum disease and possible solutions by visiting:
    title:Blood Pressure and Its Importance
    author:Beverley Brooke
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

    For every heart beat blood is pumping around your body and into your arteries. Systolic pressure is when your heart is at its highest pressure during beats, and when the heart is resting and the pressure falls, this is called diastolic pressure.
    Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is extremely important in living a successful healthy and long life. The danger with high blood pressure is that it often goes unnoticed for years, and can lead to serious heart trouble, heart attack or stroke. Not the type of event any of us wishes to experience, especially if high blood pressure can be picked up early and treated accordingly.
    Just recently famous UK politician Robin Cook collapsed and was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital from suffering a heart attack directly linked to the high blood pressure disease hypotension. He was only 59; the age we’re people of all society groups should be checking their blood pressure regularly (at least once per year) and seeking treatment if the doctor suggests it’s high for your age.
    High blood pressure took the lives of over 40 thousands Americans in 2002 alone and nearly 1 in 3 adults suffers from high blood pressure. Alarmingly, since 1992 up to 2002 the deaths from high blood pressure rose 27% - this is too much. If you’re concerned about your own blood pressure I highly recommend you seek your doctor’s advice and perhaps take a test or even purchase your own blood pressure monitor.
    Blood Pressure Basics

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    The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. Know about the blood pressure basics here.

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    There are no hard and fast figures which represent a normal blood pressure. And very often doctors and other experts cannot even decide between them what an ideal blood pressure range is for an adult.

    However it is usually agreed that somewhere between 110/70 and 125/80 is considered to be an average blood pressure for a grown person, though someone with naturally low blood pressure may be closer to a range of 100/60

    A blood pressure of 140/90 is considered to be high, though as a person gets older, this falls into the more normal range for people.

    Blood doesn’t circulate in an even stream around the body, but travels in a constant series of spurts. Therefore the pressure peaks in the blood vessels just after a heart beat and then ebbs until the next one. This is a continuous process.

    The two blood pressure figures represent the pressures when the forces are at their peak and at their lowest ebb. The stronger the arteries are, the more they resist the force of the blood and the lower the blood pressure.

    As a person gets older, and the elasticity of their arteries weakens, the figures tend to rise. However the lower figure should still be under 90 until that person at least reaches their sixties.

    Many studies looking at blood pressure in both black and white people have found there is a higher prevalence of hypertension (High blood pressure) in black people than there is in white. This has led to further research in determining whether this is racially determined or just based on socioeconomic and dietary factors.

    Some people suffering high blood pressure may find they just can’t pinpoint a cause for their problem. They may be fit, have a very healthy lifestyle yet their blood pressure remains consistently high for no apparent reason. This is called Primary or essential high blood pressure. However if the raised blood pressure is due to an underlying medical problem, it is known as Secondary High Blood Pressure.

    Nearly one in four people in the Western world have high blood pressure. Many people don’t appreciate it is a dangerous condition that can lead to a heart attack kidney failure or stroke if it is left untreated. Yet there are thousands of people unaware they have high blood pressure who are walking around with a lethal time bomb ticking away inside them.

    Guide to Blood Pressure, low and high blood pressure and treatment.

    title:Blood Pressure Medications: A Concise Guide
    author:Ray Kelly
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    High blood pressure is unfortunately something that most people have to deal with as they age. This is especially true for the average person in the western part of the world. The national average for high blood pressure is approximately 24% in the United States with most other Western countries within close proximity of that number. 
    Medication is the most frequent form of treatment outside of individual lifestyle choices. However, there are a wide variety of drug types used to treat high blood pressure and they each approach the problem in a unique fashion. A physician will prescribe the type of drug best suited for the needs of the individual patient. 
    A diuretic is a medication that reduces the amount of water and sodium in the blood. The reduction in water helps to reduce the overall pressure on the walls of the blood vessels and as a result lower the overall blood pressure. A diuretic is usually prescribed in addition to another type of medication as opposed to being used a sole treatment by itself. Diuretics are often called “water pills” and the physician may refer to them as such.
    Beta blocks work to reduce the heart rate and lower the blood pressure by inhibiting the bodies “fight / flight” response. Essentially a beta-blocker blocks the ability of epinephrine and norepinephrine to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This action prevents the increased heart rate and high blood pressure, which is a direct result of that stimulation. The beta-blockers prescribed for high blood pressure have a calming effect and give the person a greater tolerance for stress.
    Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE Inhibitors, as they are commonly known helped to reduce blood pressure by preventing the hormone Angiotensin II from forming. Angiontensin II normally constricts the blood vessels as well as acting on the brain to increase the need for salt and hydration.
    Angiontensin antagonists target the same hormone as ACE inhibitors, described above. However, rather than inhibiting the production of Angiotensin II it blocks its effect on the cells of the heart and blood vessels. These medications are also referred to as ARB’s, which stands for angiotensin receptor blockers. This is a newer type of medication which helps to modulate the renin-angiotensin system which has a big role in maintaining the bodies overall blood pressure and the volume of blood in the body. 
    This class of medications reduce the overall level of calcium in the heart which in turn reduces the blood pressure since the level of calcium dictates the force with which the heart pumps blood. Individuals with a weak heart (cardiomyopathy) are advised to not take a calcium channel blocker.
    Alpha-blockers bring blood pressure lower by limiting the nerve impulses sent to the blood vessels, which allows the blood to pass more freely. Whereas the beta-blockers affect the heart to decrease blood pressure, the Alpha-blockers affect the blood vessels.
    The Alpha-Beta class of drugs combines the effects of both the Alpha-blockers and the Beta-blockers, and thereby bring about lower blood pressure. See the descriptions for both to understand how they work.
    Nervous system inhibitors work at the level of the brain as opposed to the circulatory system. Essentially this class of drugs reduces the nerve impulses sent the blood vessels thereby allowing them to be more relaxed which results in lower blood pressure.
    A vasodilator works similar to many of the other drugs by relaxing the blood vessels and as a result lowering blood vessels. However, these medicines do not target the hormones or the heart directly. There are a large variety of these types of drugs and they act in different ways. 

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    Blood pressure monitors allow you to keep track of your own blood pressure, in the peace and quiet of your own home, without having to go to the doctor. This will put you in control of your own health, so that you can look for signs of your blood pressure changing, and then visit the doctor when you need.

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    Blood pressure monitors allow you to keep track of your own blood pressure, in the peace and quiet of your own home, without having to go to the doctor. This will put you in control of your own health, so that you can look for signs of your blood pressure changing, and then visit the doctor when you need.

    Measuring your blood pressure at home and keeping a record of the measurements will show you and your doctor how much your blood pressure changes during the day. Your doctor can use the measurements to see how well your medicine is working to control your high blood pressure. Also, measuring your own blood pressure is a good way to take part in managing your health.

    To measure your blood pressure at home, you can use either an aneroid monitor or a digital monitor. The aneroid monitor has a dial gauge that is read by looking at a pointer. The cuff is inflated by squeezing a rubber bulb. Digital monitors have either manual or automatic cuffs.

    One advantage of the aneroid monitor is that it is portable, and its cuff has a built-in stethoscope. The aneroid monitor also has some disadvantages. First, it is a complicated device that can easily be damaged and become less accurate. This monitor may not be appropriate for hearing-impaired people, because of the need to listen to heart sounds through the stethoscope.

    Because the digital monitor is automatic, the blood pressure measurement is easy to read, since the numbers are shown on a screen. Some electronic monitors have a paper printout that gives you a record of the blood pressure reading.

    A disadvantage of the digital monitor is that body movements or an irregular heart rate changes the accuracy. You should have your monitor checked once a year. Proper care and storage are also necessary. Make sure the tubing is not twisted when the monitor is stored, and keep it away from heat. Periodically check the tubing for cracks and leaks.

    title:Blood Pressure Monitor - Is You're Blood Pressure OK?
    author:Beverley Brooke
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

    The focus on reducing high blood pressure in today's society is more so then ever now we now know that living with a high blood pressure can result in having a stroke or a fatal heart attack.
    High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease amongst the older generation aged 60 plus – high blood pressure actually effects 2 in 3 in those aged 70 or above and often comes without warnings, lending it the name ‘The Silent Killer'.
    The reason heart attacks are common amongst those with high blood pressure is simply because the heart must work far more then normal and eventually is unable to carry out the excessive workload high blood pressure demands in the body.
    Due to the silent nature of a high blood pressure it's recommended you monitor your blood pressure regularly, especially if you're in the 60 plus age range. Once a year is enough to keep tabs on your blood pressure and it's cheap and painless – therefore no one has any excuse not to monitor theirs!
    Your doctor will have a blood pressure monitor and you can get yourself checked out there and then in the doctor's office or surgery. It's very swift. There is however other methods of monitoring your blood pressure and these include devices you can use at home. The type of device you will need to monitor your own blood pressure is called the sphygmomanometer – this comes with the cuff and systems to register your blood pressure accurately. You can even get ones which give automatic read-outs. I recommend searching around the Internet and choose the right device for you as there are many choices out there.
    The most important factor is you exercise regular and take good care of yourself.
    title:Blood Pressure Treatment: High and Low Blood Pressure Tips and Medication!
    author:Ashley Green
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

    High blood pressure is on the rise worldwide. But, doctors believe that small lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing this silent killer.
    High blood pressure (BP) is one of the 10 leading health risks worldwide and causes seven million deaths a year, according to WHO report. The organsiation estimates that about one-third adults in most countries suffer from high blood pressure.
    By 2025, more than 1.5 billion people will have high BP and most importantly, the world's poorest countries will be the worst hit, warns US experts. The expert's warning is the result of the study based on two decades of global data. Based on the trends, the researchers believe that the prevalence of high blood pressure will increase by about 60 percent by 2025. And they expect to see it slightly more in women(30 percent) than in men(29 percent)
    Looking at these alarming figures, there could be a worldwide epidemic of strokes and heart attacks in the future.
    Here are some steps to control your Blood Pressure (BP)!
    . Shed those extra kilos. Cut down on calories. The more overweight you are, the more susceptible you are to high BP.
    . Stop smoking. This will keep your BP in control and will also diminish your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
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    . Add more fruits, vegetables and low-fat diary products to your diet.
    . Eat foods high in calcium, magnesium and potassium like banana, raisins, potato and dates.
    . Reduce your salt intake as it is linked to high BP. According to experts, one shouldn't consume more than 2 grams of sodium per day.
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    . Curb your alcohol consumption as excessive alcohol raises your BP.
    . Exercise regularly. A 30-minute workout is healthy.
    . Use relaxation methods like yoga, meditation and biofeedback to lower your stress levels.
    Caution: You may have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Since high blood pressure is silent killer, only way to find out if you are suffering from it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of high blood pressure(JNC), has formulated norms to diagnose pre-hypertension, where blood pressure readings show 120-139 over 80-89 mmHg, which help identify people who are at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
    Not many know that high blood pressure can lead to heart and kidney ailments and may be fatal too. Those who have recently become hypertensive can heal themselves by losing weight, increasing physical activity, curbing alcohol consumption, increasing fruit content in their diet and practicing yoga. Also one should watch out for sleep apnoea- a common cause for hypertension at
    Exercise Tips to fight Hypertension!
    . Low level aerobic training (biking, treadmill)
    . Walking
    . Water aerobics, swimming
    . Resistance Training (Bench Press, squats and leg press).
    . Circuit training
    Blood Pressure: An Overview

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    What is Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure exerted by the circulating blood on the walls of the arteries, veins and chambers of the heart. The pressure of blood is measured in the context of systolic and diastolic activities. When the ventricles in the heart contract, it is termed as a systolic activity, while the relaxing ventricles mark a diastolic activity.

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    What is Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure exerted by the circulating blood on the walls of the arteries, veins and chambers of the heart. The pressure of blood is measured in the context of systolic and diastolic activities. When the ventricles in the heart contract, it is termed as a systolic activity, while the relaxing ventricles mark a diastolic activity.

    The pressure of blood is highest during the systole activity and lowest during the diastole activity. The unit of measuring blood pressure is millimeters. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 mmHg.

    A normal healthy person maintains the blood pressure reading of 120/80 mmHg. A deviation from this normal reading can result in a blood pressure disorder. There are basically two abnormal conditions of blood pressure. They are known as high blood pressure or hypertension and low blood pressure or hypotension.

    High Blood Pressure/ Hypertension

    A person is known to suffer from high blood pressure when their measurement of blood pressure increases over that of a normal reading. A normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. When this blood pressure increases to, say 140/ 90 mmHg, the person is known to have high blood pressure.

    High blood pressure is often termed as 'a silent killer'. You might be suffering from a high blood pressure for a long period of time and not know it at all. When a person develops high blood pressure, it usually lasts for lifetime.

    Why High Blood Pressure?

    Your heart pumps the blood and supplies it to the various organs of your body via arteries. The arteries, when leaving your heart, narrow into arterioles. The arterioles further narrow themselves into capillaries. These capillaries supply oxygen and nutrients to the various body organs.

    Due to certain nerve impulses, the arteries become dilated or contracted. If the arteries become contracted, the passage of blood is hampered and it increases the pressure of blood. The condition causes high blood pressure or hypertension. This condition strains your heart and can even damage your blood vessels. If the vessels get damaged, the blood supply can further affect various body organs connected to the damaged vessels.

    The human body generally bears and handles this sudden increase of pressure for a long period of time. This is one of the sole reasons for the fact that you can live your whole life, without any ill-effects or symptoms, from high blood pressure.

    Two Forms of High Blood Pressure

    There are two forms of high blood pressure, essential hypertension and secondary hypertension. Around 95 % of hypertension cases are related to essential hypertension. The cause of essential hypertension is multifold though.

    There are several factors which result in essential hypertension. One of the major factors is high salt intake. Other factors that can contribute to the cause of essential hypertension are tobacco smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, diabetes mellitus, a sedentary lifestyle and genetic causes.

    Secondary hypertension amounts to at least 5 % of the cases of hypertension. The factors contributing to secondary hypertension are pregnancy, a slow pulse, drugs, kidney diseases, certain types of cancers, malformed aorta and aortic vale disease.

    High blood pressure largely remains undetected in its first stage of occurrence. A person would probably never know about it. But if the condition of high blood pressure prolongs, it can cause serious damages to the various body organs. High blood pressure can directly affect the person in the form of kidney failure, congestive heart failure or heart attack.

    Low Blood Pressure/ Hypotension

    In the medical terms, low blood pressure is called hypotension. A person is said to have low blood pressure disorder, if his blood pressure falls below the normal reading of 120/80 mmHg.

    Why Low Blood Pressure?

    There are many causes of low blood pressure. Among the common cause include acute illness. The condition can be characterized with the symptoms such as severe blood loss, infection, fluid loss or damage to the heart. The age-factor plays an important role in low blood pressure. Increasing age causes your arteries to stiffen and cause a drop in the pressure of blood.

    Damage to adrenal glands can also lead to low blood pressure conditions. Damage to adrenal glands affects the production of aldosterone in your body. This hormone controls the salt amounts in the body. If the aldosterone hormone gets affected, it leads to the loss of salt from your body, further resulting in low blood pressure. This causes dizziness when you stand up. Low blood pressure can also be caused due to the usage of diuretics.

    A person with low blood pressure shows symptoms of chest pain, headache, prolonged diarrhea or vomiting. The person also suffers from burning sensation while urination, stiff neck, high fever and irregular heartbeat. The person, at times, suffers from shortness of breath and a cough with phlegm.

    Normal is healthy!

    Neither high blood pressure, nor low blood pressure is good for your body and health. You should get your blood pressure checked regularly for either of these two disorders. The proper treatment and control of your blood pressure will definitely enable you to live a healthy and happy life!

    Blood & Glory: Do Video Games Make Monsters?

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    Video games have been blamed for everything from the Columbine incident to over-aggressive behavior in Marines. However, this is an unfair judgment, as not all games are violent. Also, there are now studies being conducted to determine the use of these games as therapeutic aids.

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    Video games have been taking the flak for the surprising rise in teen and childhood violence over the past few decades. Everything, from the increase of guns among inner city kids to the Columbine tragedy, have been blamed on video games. Some US Senators have even attempted to have the entire industry banned based on the “fact” that video games turn kids into violent, amoral, sadistic monsters. However, these moralist crusaders tend to ignore the other potential factors in such a “transformation.” What is not often discussed about this issue is the possibility of parental neglect and the predisposition of some children to violence even prior to being exposed to video games.  Some studies are now being conducted to determine how video games affect a person's mental health, in the hope of getting to the bottom of this “video game debate” once and for all.

    While research is always necessary, there is always the possibility that the results of these studies would be too generalized.  For starters, like literature, video games have different genres, with each genre having a separate set of core elements that define how the game is played.  For example, the role-playing game (RPG) genre is traditionally focused on developing a long, continuous plot, hoping to ascend from being a mere game to becoming a sort of emotional investment. In contrast, action games rely more on a fast trigger-finger and quick thinking, with little or no attention given to how the plot or characters develop. Both genres of games can have completely different effects on a person's mental health, if there is even any effect at all. Sure, playing a dating simulator or a “visual novel” can have some effect on how a person deals with social situations. However, these games do not automatically turn players into sociopaths like Ted Bundy and Jack the Ripper.

    Violent video games, according to recent studies, can actually have other uses. In a study conducted by the University of Southern California, environmental simulations are being used to treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. This is done by ironically immersing them in the same combat environment they came from. While the data as of now is not yet complete, it does reflect that it is actually helping them cope with combat stress, and not twisting their mental health. This actually keys in to what video game players have been saying for decades, which is that video games make for excellent stress relief.

    Indeed, in contrast to the sales numbers, very few violent incidents have been blamed entirely in video games. There is no concrete study that has been conducted into it, but the anecdotal evidence of countless gamers the world over can attest to just how good a stress relief tool for a person. Yes, there will always be some who will have their mental health affected by playing a video game, but it would be far too simple and far too easy to make a scapegoat of a massive, global industry that makes billions every year. This is especially true when one considers that not all games are violent, and not all of them encourage causing mass destruction and mayhem. Yes, violence sells games, but blood and gore do not a hit game make. For example, the “Final Fantasy” and “Mario” series of games have both set and broken sales records in the past, but neither of them espouse the same level of violence as “Grand Theft Auto” or “Resident Evil.”

    Whether video games are a modern form of stress relief or a tool for twisting someone's mental health will likely always be a subject of debate. However, the debate always tends to ignore other factors, such as how the games ended up in the hands of children in the first place. It is illegal to sell a game with an “M” rating to someone below 18, which means that unless the parent or a similar authority figure bought it for them, there is no way a child can get their hands on the game. Yes, there are those flashy and violent arcade games, but if a child is spending hours on end in an arcade, doesn't that imply just a little bit of parental neglect? Besides, peer pressure and parental influences can often have a more powerful effect on a child's mental health and social development than whatever was playing on the X-Box 360.

    bluebasins bath & body launches its line of natural skin care body products

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    bluebasins, Canada’s newest premier line of bath and body products, is pleased to announce its line of natural skin care Canadian products.

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    Toronto, ON, Canada – bluebasins, Canada’s newest premier line of bath and body products, is pleased to announce its line of natural skin care Canadian products.

    “I invite you to have a look at your average bath or body product,” says Makeda A. Paul, owner of bluebasins. “Can you pronounce all the ingredient names listed? This is why I created bluebasins – to give consumers a choice, without sacrificing quality.”

    bluebasins bath & body's natural skin care product line offers a wide array of products, created by hand and with all-natural ingredients. Products include handmade soaps, body shampoos, facial masks, body scrubs, bath melts, body butters and more. Because the products are not mass produced, bluebasins is able to incorporate the best natural ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia nut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Ylang Ylang essential oil, Rosehip powder, Dead Sea salts and other aromatherapy essential oils. By blending these natural ingredients together, wonderful synergies of products are created that are good for the mind, body and soul.

    “At bluebasins, we aspire to create a near-spa like experience for our customers, right in the comfort of their own homes,” continues Paul. “We take pride in knowing all of the ingredients in our products and work with our clients to find out what ingredients would be most beneficial for their unique skin type.”

    In addition to custom orders, bluebasins has a wide array of their most popular items available on their website. Your skin is one click away from looking and feeling its best.

    “Your skin is yours for life – at bluebasins, we can help you look after it to make it as healthy and smooth as possible,” concludes Paul.

    bluebasins bath & body natural skin care products show consumers an alternative natural way to take care of their body. For more information, visit their website at


    Makeda A. Paul, Owner
    P.O. Box 52554
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    L5J 4S6
    Phone: 416-473-7457
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    Blueberry As A Superfood According To Skin Care Expert Dr. Perricone

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    According to skin care legend Dr. Perricone, the blueberry is a superfood with many health benefits and should be made a staple of every diet. Here's why...

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    Copyright 2006 David Maillie

    Often times, when we think of superfoods we think of spinach, grapes, green tea and other vegetables and extracts that are primarily listed for their levels of antioxidants.  Did you know that the blueberry is one of the most nutritious and powerful superfoods?  According to Dr. Perricone, one of the worlds foremost skin care experts, “Blueberry along with the acai berry have one of the highest known levels of antioxidants of any food.”  Higher than red wine and green tea combined.  It is full of amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.  Whole, fresh blueberries are best, but pure blueberry juice and combination blueberry and pomegranate juice can be found at your local grocery store in the produce section.

    Blueberries have many uses as blueberry extract has been used in ancient herbal and medicinal treatments for thousands of years.  Many skin care treatments now use blends of blueberry extracts along with other herbs to help revitalize the skin and hasten healing.  These treatments have been clinically proven to decrease healing time for skin peels (especially deeper skin peels like the TCA skin peel).  They have also shown marked ability at reducing scarring in wound and burn treatment, although more research is needed.

    Dr. Perricone in his best selling book The Perricone Prescription states that for optimum skin care one should regularly eat high antioxidant foods like blueberry, acai, pomegranate, and spinach.  These foods with their high concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients help combat and can even reverse the aging process.  With the right diet full of antioxidant rich foods one can virtually stop wrinkles in their tracks.  A good diet along with a good skin care regimen can produce amazing results.  A good skin care regimen includes a mild cleanser (no soap as it is too harsh and will dry out your skin), a moisturizer packed with antioxidant extracts, and skin peels to increase exfoliation and reduce oily build up (which can lead to acne).  It is also a good idea to use a high spf sun protectant.

    The leading medical colleges are currently researching high percentage antioxidant extracts like blueberry for anti cancer properties and possible and promising treatments.  In clinical settings there is evidence that these antioxidant rich foods do have a marked effect on several types of cancer.  In addition to anti cancer properties, the blueberry has shown an positive effect on the nervous system, and increase in cognitive function and reasoning, and an increase in muscle function and regeneration.  Truly the blueberry has many current and promising functions and, as a superfood like acai according to Dr. Perricone, should be made a staple of every diet for additional health, great skin care and longevity.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield—Connected To The Community

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    Oldest Health Benefit Provider Committed to Improving Health Care

    75 years ago Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) was created to ensure healthcare for lumber and mining workers in the Pacific Northwest and hospital coverage for teachers in Texas. Now providing care benefits to more than 94 million Americans, BCBS is the oldest and largest health insurance companies in the United States.

    With plans in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the BCBS Association s...


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    Oldest Health Benefit Provider Committed to Improving Health Care

    75 years ago Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) was created to ensure healthcare for lumber and mining workers in the Pacific Northwest and hospital coverage for teachers in Texas. Now providing care benefits to more than 94 million Americans, BCBS is the oldest and largest health insurance companies in the United States.

    With plans in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the BCBS Association serves as the trade organization for the 38 independently run local BCBS health benefit groups that serve 1 in 3 Americans. Using their clout to create a national presence, BCBS offers numerous community programs that are dedicated to education, research and collaboration. Programs related to research and professional development includes the Foundation on Health Care and the Academy for Health Care Management. Those associated with public education consist of labor outreach through the National Labor Organization (NLO), an educational campaign, focusing on the issue of performance enhancing drugs, called Healthy Competition and the PBS television series Second Opinion.

    BCBS Foundation on Health Care

    The BCBS Foundation on Health Care, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group, coordinates health service research amongst numerous organizations across the nation. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between government agencies, colleges and universities and health plans. It sponsors both the Health Services Research Advisory Council (HSRAC), composed of nationally recognized health care experts, and the Health Services Research Alliance (HSRA), whose participating institutions are located in 25 states.

    The HSRAC helps to identify key areas of and provide guidance in multi-plan health services research, offers input regarding how changes in the accessibility and delivery of health care may impact individuals, groups and communities and gives assistance relating to the funding and development of potential studies.

    Organizations within the HSRA work collaboratively through the BCBS Foundation to provide key studies that are population and evidence-based. The Foundation is dedicated to creating important partnerships between various institutions, expanding funding opportunities and strengthening its presence in the health insurance and health care community. The group disseminates information relating to health care conferences, promotes data based studies relating to medical issues and works to improve the quality of services and their delivery.

    Academy for Healthcare Management

    The academy was formed when the BCBS Association and the American Association of Health Plans and Health Insurance Association of America (AAHP-HIAA) joined forces to offer online educational opportunities for professionals interested in broadening their knowledge of the challenges, priorities and procedures connected to managed care operations. Participants are given the opportunity to utilize up-to-date management concepts in everyday, real world situations, learning via instant response and assessment.

    Course materials, which are regularly modified, provide students with information, principles and problems designed to solidify basic knowledge and expand upon advanced concepts and practices as they relate to the healthcare industry. Upon completing coursework, along with earning Continuing Education credits, students can be designated as a Professional, Academy of Healthcare Management (PAHM) or Fellow, Academy of Healthcare Management (FAHM).

    National Labor Office

    BCBS created the NLO over forty years ago, and they continue to fund it today. The NLO is the arm for labor outreach, which focuses on keeping union members abreast of health care developments, strengthening ties to organized labor and providing quality programs and services to the over 20 million union members and their families.

    Primarily, NLO acts as a liaison between BCBS and labor, providing educational materials, developing relationships between various organizations and offering important information. Pending legislation, new healthcare products, developing trends, managed care and bargaining strategies are all addressed by the NLO.

    Along with communicating with unions, the NLO facilitates the exchange of information and discussion of issues between union officials and BCBS senior officers. Together, they work to address concerns specific to each union, including developing a healthier working environment, defining value-related healthcare and supplying health plan analysis, reporting and design.

    The NLO communicates with unions via newsletters, the web and informational meetings as well as through its central office.

    Healthy Competition

    The Healthy Competition program was developed by BCBS in response to the increased use and popularity of performance enhancing drugs by both professional and amateur athletes. Healthy Competition encourages those involved in athletics to safeguard their health and the integrity of their sport by competing drug free.

    The program offers information related to drug use, sports and good health. It delineates profiles of the three types of performance enhancing drugs—stimulants, blood doping substances and anabolic steroids. Healthy Competition supports research and education and promotes public awareness through various initiatives.

    PBS Second Opinion

    BCBS provides sponsorship for the 2005-2006 season of Second Opinion, the PBS series that engages various medical professionals in discussion of actual medical cases. The program attempts to broaden the public’s understanding of medical issues, choices and procedures encountered in our complex and ever changing world.

    BCBS is the major health benefit provider in America. It has grown greatly since its initiation 75 years ago. However, through a commitment to professional and public education and betterment, it continues to focus on serving individual groups, as it did when it first started providing benefits to teachers, lumbermen and miners.

    Boca Raton Home Health Care and Elder Care

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    Home health care services are a primary requirement for people anywhere in the world.  Home health care services include skilled nursing, personal care assistance, respite and similar services for the elderly and others.

    South Florida In Home Health Care,South Florida Care Giver Agency,

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    Home health care services are a primary requirement for people anywhere in the world.  Home health care services include skilled nursing, personal care assistance, respite and similar services for the elderly and others. These services are important for people of all ages and especially people who are recuperating from illness or need help with regular activities. If you staying in Florida and looking for home health care there are host of service providers from whom you can chose. Whether you are looking for Boca Raton home health care, Boynton Beach, Broward, Century Village or Coconut Creek Home Health Care there are service providers who can offer support round the clock. Sometime it becomes important to seek professional and trained support for helping elders or patients in the house. During these times we need to approach a home health care service provider with our request for trained nurses or staff.

    Home health care services can extend to assistants who can help you with your shopping to companions who can simply spend time with you when you are feeling lonely or going out for a movie or medical appointments. Specialized home care services involve trained personal who can really make a difference to a person’s life. Home health care service is all about personalized care which can help a patient to quickly start off with normal life or extend support to a person in dealing with household work. In today’s stressed out world these services are a great boon to people who need a helping hand to complete their household chores.

    In Boca Raton home health care providers offer an exceptional level of service to clients who need home health care help. You should ideally seek the services of an agency which is licensed with the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) in Florida. Apart from Boca Raton there are numerous Coral Springs home health care, Davie home health care, Delray Beach home health care, Ft Lauderdale home health care, Greenacres home health care and Lake Worth home health care service providers. So if you are a resident of any of these places you do not have to worry when you need home health care support. When looking for service it is important to check out the rates that are being offered by the providers. Many service providers provide good amount of discounts to clients. The provider that you select should provide the highest level of service and have trained personal on their rolls.

    If you are in need of home health care service for your loved ones the best way is to check out the wide listing of home care service providers and contact the leading ones. Almost all the agencies display the same kind of service hence it is important to enquire in detail. The agency should have licensed nurses and trained professional staff who have experience in home health care. Home heath care is an important step to recuperating from any illness hence any negligence would extend the time that you need to stay away from normal life.

    title:Bodily Attributes!
    author:Seamus Dolly
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

    The revolution is indeed underway.
    Money married to desire, imagination and necessity has produced a technological revolution which will see incredible changes and potential. This is not about any morbid fixation, but rather about complimentary technologies. Some religious ideologists, or ethically sensitive groups, may not approve.
    Fine! Each to his own.
    But, someone dealing with paralysis, for example, has hope for a productive future.
    Cybernetics, which is the introduction and implementation of hardware or non-organic components, into the body, has enormous potential.
    Micro processors and less invasive wireless technologies ( no need for physical connection ), result in the remote control of peripheral devices. A robotic arm, to mention a simple application that everyone is familiar with, can be controlled to manipulate the external world, or perform relatively simple tasks like switching on the kettle. Simpler again, and often more important, would be to scratch oneself, when itchy. If you ever wore a cast, you’ll know what is meant by that.
    Artificial limbs are fairly common, and can range in complexity or performance. It is fairly safe to say that we all know someone who depends on these (though it might not be obvious ).
    The artificial eye is a breakthrough and is here, and though it requires refinement, it will improve. And why wouldn’t it? We all know of cameras and how their images are transportable. The thing here is to allow a blind person, for example, to access what a camera sees, where the eye has been irreversibly damaged or impaired. The optic nerve, however, may be just fine, so an interface between a camera and it, is one approach, and the approach that has returned some results.
    Artificial hearing, in its earlier form, was known as a hearing aid, and is around a long time, and implants within the head, dramatically increases its potential,. It is this type of hardware implants that cybernetics encompasses. A merging of the biological and electronic environments, if you will.
    People who suffer physical injury or disease, that render them into a limited field of possibility, will be the initial beneficiaries.
    Apparently, there is an area of the brain called the paroidal reach region, that can function, where complete paralysis exists. It runs through the plan before a physical act occurs. Some believe that where this region is functional, external manipulation is possible.
    A processor is implanted; it picks up on the electrical firing activity produced, and communicates this information wirelessly, to an external device.
    The theory is that if we can think it, well then we can do it.
    Wasn’t it Napoleon that said “If we can perceive it, we can achieve it”. I really doubt though, that he was referencing cybernetics. However, it is known that the hardware to device communication is possible.
    It is also known that the device control is possible. Modern machinery from production machinery to marine vessels have what is known as dynamic positioning control. Research vessels can hold position to within five inches of any point, in the Atlantic or other oceans, under normal sea conditions. Twenty years ago, this tolerance was two foot, or feet. Special electrical motors ( though no longer considered special ), make this possible. The older technology was mechanical gearboxes that had a limited reaction time/control.
    So, these or similar motor technologies, can be used for robotic arms, legs, eyes, ears, switches, switches for switches, internet connection, or indeed anything that a futuristic mind can contemplate.
    What is not generally known, is the brain coding, or is it?
    Can it be figured out? Yes! When? Soon, so hang on.
    Look to the internet and the advances that have occurred. Anyone with a phone connection has access to databases, and software features to limit their labour, and such things can be thought of as brain extension. Well isn’t it? If you didn’t have it, you would be less capable! Complimentary tools are indeed complimentary. We are not born with them, but we are born with the power or ability to create them, where resources and some support exist, and when the time in a technological sense is right, or close to it. What is meant by that is that a caveman, for example, could have been a genius, but definitely lacked support from his peers, and the framework to achieve much.
    At any point in time, none of us can do all that we want, whether we start early enough or not.
    The best we can do is to add something and if the time/circumstances is/are right, it could blow up into something phenomenal.
    Indeed, whatever we do, is in addition to what has been done before us.
    The neurosurgeons of today are simply adding to the knowledge base of their eighteenth century counterparts. Needless to say, you wouldn’t let such counterparts near your feet, let alone your head. But they have a part to play in the success stories of today. Indeed, some might say that they were “freed” from the “blight” of litigation. That is true, but a little distractive.
    You can no longer say “never”, only “never, within my lifetime”, and you could still be wrong, such are the modern day variables.
    title:Body And Soul - Keeping It Together!
    author:Jon Wickham
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

    H E A L T H
    It is said that the first thing a man does when he wakes in the morning is to look out of the window to see how the weather has changed overnight, and the first thing a women does on waking is to look in the mirror to see what the night has done to her face. Enough said … but if your look in the mirror is followed by 'Oh, my God … I could do with a face-lift, etc. etc.' (don't worry, we've all been there) before you start layering on more make-up and deciding to embark yet again on another diet/exercise regime (which will probably have been forgotten anyway by the weekend), let's stop wishing, and start by trying to make the best of what we have got.
    We may not be able to recapture the healthy glow of youth, but we may be able to inject a little sparkle by giving as much thought to the inside of our bodies as we do to the outside. Just think of what would happen to a house if it were not built on firm foundations. Also how would our cars run if we filled them up with the wrong fuel? Similarly, how can we expect our bodies to function smoothly if we just worry about the paintwork and not concentrate on the engine? So analyse what you are putting into your body. Is it mainly 'comfort/grab-a-snack - I'm in a hurry' food, eg buns, crisps, chocolates etc., or is it nourishing food with all the vitamins and minerals the body requires to operate efficiently?
    Many moons ago, a colleague of mine, who had a connection with a pharmaceutical company, said the idea had been muted within the company that as the elderly often start the day with a cup of tea and digestive biscuit, then a good way of ensuring that they receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals was to add them to the digestive biscuit It seemed a great idea, but when you think of how we absentmindedly dip into a packet of biscuits, then we would probably overdose on vitamins. Although we need vitamins we can also have too much of a good thing. It is worth remembering that whereas the body will expel too much of say Vitamin C, the body will store Vitamins A & D and an overload of these vitamins can have a detrimental effect. So leave it to the experts to get the balance right. It is better to start the day (together with your nourishing breakfast) with a good multi-vitamin and mineral tablet. The tablet container will show the RDA (which stands for the 'recommended daily allowance'), and it will also show how the tablet equates with this.
    A good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is the Holland & Barrett's
    Formula for the 50 PLUS called ABC PLUS SENIOR (on half-price offer at the present time).
    Another supplement I would recommend for those of us whose memory is not what it used to be is 'Ginkgo Biloba'. (Also on half-price offer at the moment). This has been in use for years on the continent as an aid to improving the circulation. It is said that it not only improves the supply of blood to the head and subsequently improves the memory (so hopefully we'll remember where we put the bottle of tablets) but it also improves the blood supply to the extremities, which is great if you suffer from cold hands and feet. Ginkgo, by the way, comes from the Ginkgo tree, which is one of the oldest trees known to man. You can therefore appreciate how vital it is that we do not allow plants to become extinct.
    Remember the old wives' tale that 'fish is good for the brain'? (When I hear this saying, my mind always goes back to a lecturer jokingly saying that his mother was determined that he would do well and always made him eat fish before an examination, and, of course, to her delight he did do well). Well, now it has been proved that Omega 3 (pure fish oils) not only benefits the brain but the whole body. It is high in essential fatty acids, which help to maintain a healthy heart and circulation.
    Another very good supplement is Selenium. This was naturally present in the earth and in our vegetables years ago, but sadly has become depleted over the years with intensive farming and chemicals. So we can put back this missing ingredient. I certainly felt a difference on taking this as a supplement.
    Now, if you are prone to numerous infections, coughs, colds, etc., then your immune system needs a boost. In addition to the usual Vitamin C, a couple of good supplements for this are Zinc and Echinacea. It's a good idea to take Echinacea well before the 'flu time' is upon us in order to get it into the system.
    We have always known the importance of making sure that we have enough calcium in order to maintain bone strength, but it is only in the past few years that Glucosamine has come to the fore as an aid to the joints. Glucosamine is believed to stimulate cartilage growth and prevent it wearing down and hopefully reducing the subsequent pain. I have a friend who swears this has helped her painful joints. Chondroitin is often added to the Glucosamine as this helps to attract fluid into the cartilage Healthy Direct ( has a special offer on this powerful combination of Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Vitamin C. They also operate a free postage and packing with prompt delivery service, which is great if you have difficulty in getting to the shops.
    Notice that throughout I have been using the word 'supplement' as no tablets are going to replace a healthy diet. I remember being told by a doctor when I was in my twenties that the way towards a healthy life was to eat a small amount of a wide variety of foods and that way the body would obtain the necessary vitamins and nourishment. Whilst I agree with the 'variety' advice, I am not sure with the present day treatment and overlong storage of foodstuffs (particularly fruit and vegetables) whether there are many vitamins left by the time they reach the table. It came as a shock to hear at one lecture that when they tested an orange for its Vitamin C content, the results came back as a surprising 'nil'. Still to end on a happy note, the fibre content was there, and we must eat plenty of FRESH fruit and vegetables not only for the vitamins but also for the fibre and enzymes necessary for the digestive process to function properly. But more on that - together with a breakdown of all the essential vitamins and my favourite subject - FOOD - (I'll try not to think about or mention chocolate cake)
    IT'S … 'HOLD-BACK-THE-YEARS' FOOD …… next time
    Looking forward to chatting to you again and also looking forward to hearing from you …
    Body Art: It's Cool To Be Safe

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    The skin acts as the human body's main protective barrier.  Tattoo and body piercing makes a person at high risk of skin infections.

    bacterial infections, skin infections, skin disorder

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    It may seem like a cool idea to use your body as a medium for artistic expression.  Body art has become the “in” thing to do among today's generation, young and old alike.  One cannot walk down the street, go to the mall, or watch TV without seeing somebody with a tattoo on the arms, nape, navel, ankle or piercings in the ears, lips, nostrils, eyebrows, belly buttons, tongues, and cheeks.  Piercings can now be done on just about any part of the body.
    But before you think of getting one for yourself to ride on the bandwagon of being “cool” --- you might want to know first how safe it is and the things you need to be aware of if you do decide to have one.  A tattoo or piercing may take only a few minutes or hours to acquire but may cause possible risks of bacterial infections which may lead to long term medical conditions.  Getting a tattoo should not lead to health complications and lifetime of regret.
    So here are a few short notes on some of the more popular types of body art:
    Body Art
    Body art is considered an extension of performing arts where the artist makes use of his or her own body for the purpose of artistic expression.  Body art comes in different forms, the most common of which are tattoos and body piercings. Other types of body art are called scarification, branding, “scalpelling”, shaping, full body tattoo and body painting.

    A tattoo, also known as dermal pigmentation, is a permanent mark or design made on the skin by inserting pigments through pricks into the skin's top layer for decorative purposes.  The procedure entails  repeated piercing of a needle into the skin.  With every puncture of the needle that is connected to a small machine with tubes containing dye, it injects ink droplets into the skin.  There is small amount of bleeding involved in this process which may last for several hours depending on the size of the tattoo design.  The process may cause slight to moderate pain.
    The skin acts as the human body's main protective barrier.  Getting a tattoo puts a person at high risk of skin infections, allergic reactions, blood-borne diseases, skin disorders, as well as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) complications.
    After getting a tattoo, healing usually takes several days.  When it becomes itchy, avoid picking at scabs.  It may increase the risk of bacterial infections and can also damage the design.
    Some people may decide to have their tattoos removed when the design becomes faded or when the design no longer appeals to them.  However, complete removal may be very difficult as tattoos are intended to be permanent marks.  Though there are many tattoo removal techniques nowadays, scarring and skin discoloration are likely to be left on the skin. 
    Body Piercing
    Body piercing is the insertion of jewelry into any parts of the human body.  Body piercing poses certain risks similar to those when you get a tattoo. However, modern improvements in safety procedures and equipment have made earlobe piercing very popular as it is generally less risky than other body piercings.
    Traditional body piercing is done with no anesthesia and, as such, is a painful experience.   But modern techniques in earlobes-piercing makes safe use of ear piercing gun with sterilized, disposable cartridges. This single-use piercing device or gun includes one earring stud and clasp, and comes in individually wrapped sterile packages.
    For other body piercings, a hollow needle is pushed through a body part to insert a piece of jewelry into the hole.  The use of a reusable piercing gun for these types of piercings can put a person at risk of bacterial infections.  These devices are difficult to sterilize and can easily damage the skin.
    Choosing a reputable piercing and tattoo studio minimizes your chance of getting complications.  These establishments employ trained and licensed tattoo and piercing artists.  You can be assured of quality service as well as a clean environment.  Remember, anytime the skin is punctured, there is a risk of skin infection.  More than just getting an intricately designed tatoo or sporting that diamond-studded nose piercing, it's important to know that it's cool to be safe.

    title:Body Building Equipment for the Rest of Us
    author:Nicky Pilkington
    date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

    Large, bulging muscles like those found on the models of body building magazine covers are often what people associate with strength training. Of course, building muscles is part of this type of training program. There are other benefits that even women who don’t want to “bulk up” can appreciate. Stronger muscles can reduce your risk of injury to your back and other parts of your body. Since your metabolism increases when you strength train, you can also maintain a healthy weight. Body building that results in large muscles typically involves long, strenuous workouts. To experience the results just mentioned, you would just need to perform body building exercises for 30 minutes, 3 times a week. What makes the difference in results you experience with strength training exercises is the body building equipment you use.
    If you are interested in a moderate workout, you can simply add ankle or wrist weights to your existing low-impact workout. Adding a few extra pounds forces your heart and muscles to work harder. Weight vests are also an option if you are interested in defining your upper body. The key to success with this body building equipment is to make sure you don’t put too much stress on your muscles, which can cause serious injury. Since these types of weights are easily adjustable, you can try out varying weight amounts to find the amount that will give you the best results without undue stress and strain.
    A common body building regimen for professional bodybuilders is to focus on one set of muscles each workout. You can choose any order you wish. Since you can work your abdominal muscles on a daily basis, body building equipment that includes a platform for performing abdominal exercises is a good choice. Smith machines is equipment that features stations for performing different exercises. These machines generally feature a bench that you can use to perform bench presses as well as crunches or sit-ups. These machines can cost upwards of $500, but low-end Smith machines such as the Body Solid Powerline that costs less than $500 are perfect for a basic body building program.
    For “spot” workouts, bodybuilding exercises that focus on one muscle group, there are numerous types of body building equipment available on the market. Within this market there are numerous kinds of body building equipment for light-to-moderate body building exercises. A good starter piece of equipment that you can purchase anywhere is a chin-up bar. This equipment costs as little as $10 and fits in any doorway of your home. Push ups are perfect for any type of exercise program. Although you can perform pushups without special equipment, purchasing a pair of pushup stands can provide extra support for your wrists. This equipment is also great for traveling. Dip stands may not fit in your suitcase, but you can easily slide them in a corner of a room when they are not in use. Dip stands are used to perform exercises that work the arms and abdominals. If you’re creative you can easily design other upper and lower-body exercises. The equipment listed here is only a percentage of what is available on the market. You can find more detailed information about body building equipment at


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